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
Originally began development in 1995 as a two-part miniseries for ABC. See more »
When showing close ups of the dead bodies in the snow after the massacre at Wounded Knee you can clearly see the breathing (nostrils flaring) of the one indian that is supposed to be dead. See more »
Colonel James Forsyth:
[to Charles Eastman, after the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek]
We didn't fire first! I swear to Almighty God, we did not fire first.
Chief Red Cloud:
Blue coat... you whites use many weapons against us. Do not have such a bad heart about it. We have always feared your guns the least.
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Written and Performed by Nathan Chasing Horse See more »
Uneven, incomplete, and boring depiction of the story
Very slow moving movie, which detracted greatly from the story it should have been telling. If you haven't read the book, or knew nothing of the history of this story, you would be completely lost.
The cast was great, and the acting was good. It is not the actors fault that the direction and editing was terrible. I had high hopes that the story telling would be straight forward, of a relatively well-documented event, based on the well known book.
The title is misleading; it is not Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, it is a small excerpt combined with some other story I was not familiar with. The ending of the movie is really mangled, combining color with black and white for dramatic effect, but it just doesn't work, especially when it never even shows the event depicted in the title.
Watch it for good acting, good music, great camera work, but don't expect to be educated, or entertained. The atrocities committed upon this Indian nation deserves a better rendition and remembrance, than presented here.
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