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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »

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Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie

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Cast

Cast overview:
Evan Adams ... Seymour Polatkin
Michelle St. John ... Agnes Roth
Gene Tagaban Gene Tagaban ... Aristotle Joseph
Swil Kanim Swil Kanim ... Mouse
Rebecca Carroll Rebecca Carroll ... The Interviewer
Cynthia Geary ... Teresa
Leo Rossi ... Mr. Williams
Kevin Phillip Kevin Phillip ... Steven
Elaine Miles ... Kim
Arthur Tulee Arthur Tulee ... Junior One
Jim Boyd Jim Boyd ... Junior Two
Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg ... Salmon Girl (as Jennifer Kreisberg)
Ron Otis Ron Otis ... White Motorist
William Joseph Elk III ... Tavern Father
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Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes going home is the hardest journey of all.

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Vashon Island, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,709, 10 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$174,682, 6 October 2002
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FallsApart Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Aristotle Joseph: To thy own self be true.
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A film by at least 62 people, Indigenous and otherwise. See more »

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If you did not like this movie, chances are, you don't understand either Indians or being gay
6 March 2006 | by madisonwisconsiniteSee all my reviews

The summary line pretty much says it all. "Indian humor" is a little hard to understand, although _I_ personally think it is easier to relate to than a lot of British humor is. But if you just don't get it, or just don't like it, it would probably be more fair to reflect on whether it is because the film is bad, or because your understanding of the American Indians and their place in a world turned upside down, is, well, inadequate. Further, in a world and (in the United States, at least) a society that presumes heterosexuality, few people, even among gay people, can really relate to and understand what it means to truly be non-heterosexual in the modern world. Sherman Alexie shows a special ability to understand and relate to how people can be inherently members of such minorities. The film is entertaining and laughable. Evan Adams is amazing in the role of Seymour Polatkin. I HIGHLY recommend you read Alexie's work.


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