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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)

TV-14 | | Drama, History, Western | TV Movie 27 May 2007
A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Daniel Giat (screenplay), Dee Brown (based on the book by) (as Dee Alexander Brown)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Elaine Goodale
Chevez Ezaneh ... Ohiyesa / Young Charles
August Schellenberg ... Sitting Bull
Duane Howard ... Uncle
Aidan Quinn ... Henry Dawes
Colm Feore ... General Sherman
Fred Thompson ... President Ulysses S. Grant
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse ... One Bull (as Nathan Chasing Horse)
Wayne Charles Baker ... Jacob
Brian Stollery Brian Stollery ... Bishop Whipple
Shaun Johnston ... Col. Nelson Miles
Gordon Tootoosis ... Chief Red Cloud
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Young Man Afraid
Morris Birdyellowhead Morris Birdyellowhead ... American Horse
Eddie Spears ... Chasing Crane
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Storyline

In the 1880s, after the U. S. Army's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the government continues to push Sioux Indians off their land. In Washington, D.C., Senator Henry Dawes introduces legislation to protect Native Americans rights. In South Dakota, school teacher Elaine Goodale joins Sioux native and Western-educated Dr. Charles Eastman in working with tribe members. Meanwhile, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull refuses to give into mounting government pressures. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Epic Fall of the American Indian

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Several scenes were filmed at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and the Alberta Legislature building in Edmonton, Alberta. See more »

Goofs

Shaun Johnston as Col. Nelson Miles is shown at the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty of April 29, 1868 wearing a Civil War Medal and an Indian Wars Medal. The first Civil War Campaign Medal was issued on May 26, 1909. The blue and gray ribbon shown in the film was not in use until August 12, 1913. The first Indian Wars Medal was issued July 15, 1908. The ribbon shown in the film with two dark bands was not in use until 1917. See more »

Quotes

Charles Eastman: I am acting in the interest of my people, following the example you set for me.
Henry Dawes: Do you really think you know better than I what is in the interest of these people?
Charles Eastman: Yes. I am one of them, Senator.
Henry Dawes: You're no more a Sioux Indian than I am.
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Connections

Referenced in The Game: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2008) See more »

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Death Song
Written by Gabe Desrosiers
Performed by Marina Rose and Barbara Scout
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Powerful Drama
26 February 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

It's no secret that movies mix a lot of fiction with the facts. This film seems to have rubbed both history buffs and fans of the book the wrong way, but I thought it was a compelling, evocative film nevertheless.

Starting off where most movies end, at a CGI created overhead shot of The Little Big Horn (!), this instead focuses on the final years of the Unions war against the Indian nations, culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee.

There's a really great role for Adam Beach, as a young Souix doctor, who's father turned his back on the native ways and sent him to live amongst whites at a young age, stripping him of his identity.

August Schellenberg is excellent here as Sitting Bull, who's determination and pride stokes the anger of the powers that be, including Aiden Quinn, a sympathetic but patronizing Senator who has taken it upon himself to lead the Indians on a path to "civilization".

Anyone who watched the myriad Cavalry pictures and Little Big Horn epics should see this and find out how the whole sad story ends.


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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Wounded Knee Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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