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Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Western | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

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Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge (co-director) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Self
Chris Eyre ... Self
Russell Means ... Self
John Trudell ... Self
Jesse Wente Jesse Wente ... Self
Charlie Hill Charlie Hill ... Self
Jim Jarmusch ... Self
André Dudemaine André Dudemaine ... Self
Tim Spotted Horse Tim Spotted Horse ... Self
David Kiehn David Kiehn ... Self
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Self
Melinda Micco Melinda Micco ... Self
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance ... Self (archive footage)
David Tuefner David Tuefner ... Self
Angela Aleiss Angela Aleiss ... Self
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A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history. Written by N. Diamond

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Goofs

In a montage showing Caucasian actors portraying Native Americans, Daniel Day-Lewis is shown in "The Last of the Mohicans." Day-Lewis's character, Nathaniel Poe, a/k/a/ "Hawkeye," is actually a white man adopted into Native American culture. See more »

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Charlie Hill: We're creative natives. And we're... and we're like the Energizer Bunny. The mightiest nation in the world tried to exterminate us, anglicise us, Christianize us, Americanize us, but we just keep going and going. And I think that Energizer Bunny must be Indian. He's got that little water drum he plays. And I always say, "Next time you have a powwow, have the... the Energizer Bunny lead the grand entry, and after a few rounds then we can get together and EAT him", because we never waste anything.
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Disappointing though somewhat informative
21 February 2011 | by GeneralYoSee all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing this documentary. In fairness, it does live up to its promise to expose the "Hollywood Indian" as a fabrication. But seriously, who didn't already know that - at least to some degree? What Reel Injun fails to do is offer any substantial new insight into the reality of Aboriginal cultures. There's so much rich diversity, and yet we learn next to nothing about any particular group. There's a place in the documentary where the point is made that relatively few Americans actually know an Aboriginal person. It's unfortunate that Reel Injun doesn't do much to help in that regard. Maybe I was expecting too much from an 86 minute doc. Hopefully there will be a follow up to Reel Injun that focuses more on who Aboriginal people are, as opposed to what they are not.


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Canada

Language:

English

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18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood et les Indiens See more »

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