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The Only Good Indian (2009)

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Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teen-aged Native American boy (newcomer Winter Fox Frank) is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian "training" school to ... See full summary »


Kevin Willmott
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Studi ... Sam
J. Kenneth Campbell ... McCoy
Winter Fox Frank Winter Fox Frank ... Charlie
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Harkin
Thirza Defoe Thirza Defoe ... Sally
Christopher Wheatley Christopher Wheatley ... Mean Joe
Laura Kirk ... Miss Harris
Delanna Studi ... Aquene
Blake Robbins ... Moller
Kevin Geer ... Peairs
Kip Niven ... Dr. Hummber
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... Finkle
David Midthunder ... Nawkaw
Scott Allegrucci Scott Allegrucci ... Pharmicist
Queen Bey Queen Bey ... Ms. Tillie


Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teen-aged Native American boy (newcomer Winter Fox Frank) is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian "training" school to assimilate into White society. When he escapes to return to his family, Sam Franklin (Wes Studi), a bounty hunter of Cherokee descent, is hired to find and return him to the institution. Franklin, a former Indian scout for the U.S. Army, has renounced his Native heritage and has adopted the White Man's way of life, believing it's the only way for Indians to survive. Along the way, a tragic incident spurs Franklin's longtime nemesis, the famous "Indian Fighter" Sheriff Henry McCoy (J. Kenneth Campbell), to pursue both Franklin and the boy. Written by sr

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1 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA See more »


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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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TLC Films See more »
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16 May 2015 | by santasa99See all my reviews

In The Only Good Indian we peek at this particular fragment of US (and Canadian) history from First Nations point of view, and follow a tale which is just a part of the voluminous story of how Impostor Americans took place of Real Americans, after committing genocide, unprecedented in human history - Europeans exterminated possibly up to 80 million (some estimate even up to 100 million) of indigenous Americans (Real American), from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, since 1492. Plot is set in US, sometime in late 19th century or early 1900's, which makes it even harder to swallow, although with the amount and level of racism, exceptionalism, Islamophobia, and all kinds of chauvinism and discriminations in Americas today, especially in US, this statement might be redundant or dubious, maybe even unnecessary. On the other hand reaction of certain individuals here and elsewhere, placed as reviews and/or comments, are truly appalling, no mater how predictable and expected. Bottom line, the film taking point of view which is rare in American cinematography - invisible people's point of view, which shed light on inconvenient history and criminal past.

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