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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

Writer:

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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Quotes

Agnes Roth: I'm only part Indian.
Seymour Polatkin: Which part?
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A film by at least 62 people, Indigenous and otherwise. See more »

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A beautiful profound movie with a truly powerful and subtle ending
24 March 2004 | by leengeoSee all my reviews

I was impressed with "The Business of Fancydancing. " I thought it was very well made, with beautiful cinematography, excellent development of several believable key characters and a sensitive treatment of a tragic but important personal story with profound socal implications. The movie was complemented with a wonderful soundtrack and the juxtaposition of conflicting styles of music that helped to tell this paradoxical story. The ending was particularly poignant and extremely well done. Certain plot subtleties and finely nuanced multi-layered scences were evident during my second viewing. It offered moments of exquisite irony and heartfelt soul-searching. It was an intelligent treatment of the interaction of several layers of delicate personal issues. I was deeply moved by this film.


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