This movie is so good that I’m adding it to my Top list right now, and I’m going to be curious to see what movie I decide to drop from that list in order to make place for Thunderheart. Sarah Brave as Maisy Blue Legs. On the surface, the film plays out as a classic mystery thriller dropped into the South Dakota Badlands and tangled up in the politics of the increasingly militant Indian Rights movement. Thunderheart Critics Consensus No consensus yet. Please provide your site password to link to your existing account. Or sign in with a different account.
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He is extremely touchy about anything to do with his father, who was an alcoholic full-blooded Sioux. Apted makes documentaries as well as fiction films, and in such features as Coal Miner’s Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist and such documentaries as 35 Up he pays great attention to the people themselves – not just what they do, and how that pushes things along.
Their trust was well founded. Despite his consistent prickliness about his heritage, his heart is in the right place, and the reservation’s sheriff Graham Greene and a wise spiritual elder Chief Ted Thin Elk patiently lead their unwilling FBI pupil on a soul-wrenching wild goose chase which paradoxically takes him straight to the heart of the matter.
Create Account Learn More. The mining is polluting the water supply and fueling a bloody conflict between the reservation’s anti-government ruling council and the pro-government natives who, led by tribal council president Jack Milton, are not above using violence to further their aims.
Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Login with Social Account: Alternate Versions The version prepared by Tristar for commercial television showing featured separate cuts, removing 22 minutes of footage. In the story, loosely based on the earlier documentary, Ray Levoi Val Kilmer is an ambitious up-and-coming FBI agent in the s with great career prospects.
Apted is a skillful storyteller. George Patterson as Helicopter Pilot.
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Screenwriter John Fusco spent years visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and drew the story thunderbeart his experiences, fictionalizing the history but preserving the issues and conflicts.
Add to this the fact that Fred Ward plays in a character in “red face,” as the saying goes, and we can see how Natives are still subjects to some degree.
On the surface, the film plays out as a classic mystery thriller dropped into the South Dakota Badlands and tangled up in the politics of the increasingly militant Indian Rights movement. Sheila Tousey gives voice to the problems faced by the reservations Indians, including poverty, substandard schools and medical care and polluted thundfrheart, as Maggie Eagle Bear, a Dartmouth-educated Sioux woman who returned to the reservation to fight for her people in the political arena.
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For that particular weekend, the film fell to 8th place screening in 1, theaters. A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation. Is “Thunderheart” based on a book?
After legal litigation, Tristar opted to remove Apted’s name and credit the TV version to pseudonymous director Alan Smithee. The performances are all fine; though, I think Val Kilmer was too stoic. Thunderheart thunderherat a textbook example of how a skilled filmmaker can use a familiar genre thunderheaart attempt to make a political point.
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Please provide your site password to link to your existing account. Schock as Ray’s Mother. Further, he is widely advertised as being Indian, though he knows virtually nothing about his heritage and has renounced it to the best of his ability. I just watched this one for probably at least the tenth time — although my gut tells me it’s more like twenty times — and I just had to check Flixster to see if I’d actually ever said anything about it.
An FBI investigation of a murder mystery is made interesting by its unusual locale: Agent Mackey Rex Linn Dennis Banks as Himself.