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The Tonto Woman (2008)

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A white woman is kidnapped from her home by Apache Indians. Traded to the Mojave Indians, she lives as a squaw for 11 years until she is found by her husband. Unfit for society he keeps her... See full summary »

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Daniel Barber

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (story), Joe Shrapnel (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Charlotte Asprey ... Sarah Isham
Francesco Quinn ... Ruben Vega
Richard Brake ... Isham
Sam Douglas ... Bonnet
Lex Shrapnel ... Springfield
John Golightly John Golightly ... The Priest
Dan Mullane Dan Mullane ... Tom Halloran
Lola Garcia Lola Garcia ... Ramona Halloran
Duncan Marwick Duncan Marwick ... Clyde
Una Nicholson Una Nicholson ... Waitress
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A white woman is kidnapped from her home by Apache Indians. Traded to the Mojave Indians, she lives as a squaw for 11 years until she is found by her husband. Unfit for society he keeps her in a shack in the desert. Her solitary existence is transformed with the arrival of a Mexican. He befriends her, reignites her self-worth and increases her confidence. He re-introduces her to her husband and leaves. As he is leaving town he is ambushed by her husbands men and there is a gun-battle. Who lives and who dies? Written by Charlotte Asprey

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Женщина Тонто See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Relatively weak
17 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at a special showing by a local film society of all the Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts about a week or so before the Oscars were announced. Of the five nominees, THE TONTO WOMAN is by far the weakest--with both me and my daughter finding the film a bit dull and overly long. While it had come decent cinematics, the pacing was very slow and the story just wasn't engaging compared to the other four films.

The film begins with a man in a confessional out in the Old West. Part way through his long litany of sins, the guy stumbles out of the confession booth--apparently bleeding and dying. Then the story does a flashback to let you know how the man got to be in such a state.

While the movie was reasonably competent and is watchable, it's not especially pleasant or rewarding. Also, parents be aware that there is quite a bit of nudity in the film--so think twice before letting your kids see this.

UPDATE--Apparently I am lousy at guessing Oscars, as MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS just won the award for 2008.


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