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In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
August Schellenberg ... Grandpa
Eddie Spears ... Shane
Gary Farmer ... Iktome
John Trudell ... Coyote
Chaske Spencer ... Eagle Boy
Teneil Whiskeyjack ... Quillwork / Powwow Girl
Alex Rice ... She Crosses The Water
Michael Greyeyes ... Thunder Spirit
Tantoo Cardinal ... Old Pawnee Woman
Dakota House ... Dirty Belly
Sean Wei Mah ... High Horse
Sage Galesi Sage Galesi ... Mae Little Wounded / Blue Bird Woman (as Sage)
Gordon Tootoosis ... Kills Enemy
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Iron Spoon
Sheila Tousey Sheila Tousey ... Janine
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In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, Grandpa tells mysterious Indian tales of love, friendship and magic. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A grandfather who believes in tradition. A teenager who believes in today.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Language:

English | Sioux | Mohawk

Release Date:

28 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuvar snova See more »

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Budget:

CAD 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "All Nations Pow-wow" that the grandfather and grandson Shane are going to is actually the Gathering of Nations Pow-wow that takes place annually in April in Albuquerque, New Mexico. See more »

Goofs

When Shane is first standing with Mae Little Wounded in front of her house, May has both hands out admiring the ring, then in the next shot a second later, May only has one hand out, which is held by Shane's hand. See more »

Quotes

Talks A Lot: Will no man raise a war party to go free one of our own? Was not Tehan captured from the whites and raised as our own? Has he not hunted with you men and smoked with the elders? Has he not proved himself loyal to the Kiowa? How many times could he have returned to the white man? His heart is with us.
Broken Lance: Talks A Lot talks too much!
[crowd laughs]
Talks A Lot: Because his blood is not our blood, we turn our backs on him now. If no man will fight for one of our own... then I will.
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Authenticity
29 December 2003 | by wakalapiSee all my reviews

They did a great job with this movie. Alot of care was put in to ensure authenticity and accuracy, from identifying each tribe with their sacred stories and proper language use to ensuring costumes were correct for tribes and time periods, even down to including the "wannabe" character who tags along through part of the plot. The intertwined theme related to gang activity and violence is also very true. Pine Ridge is one of the toughest places in America to grow up in. With a spiritual attachment to ancestral lands and close family ties, very few people really want to strike out on there own; and with no industry near the reservation, these two facts combine to an 80% unemployment rate. Alcoholism, drug abuse and gang violence make rez life as dangerous as the toughest big city neighborhoods of New York and LA.

This film took several months to produce and employed thousands of Native Americans, from actors and actresses to extras, film crew members and laborers.

The special effects accurately portray imagery of spirit characters without getting engrained in fantasia and the typical new-agey romanticized look-and-feel that some recent Indian movies have (say "Dances with Wolves").


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