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Powwow Highway (1989)

R | | Drama | 24 February 1989 (USA)
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Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Wacks

Writers:

David Seals (based on the novel by), Janet Heaney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A Martinez ... Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer ... Philbert Bono
Joanelle Romero ... Bonnie Red Bow (as Joannelle Nadine Romero)
Amanda Wyss ... Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos ... Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman Wayne Waterman ... Wolf Tooth
Margot Kane Margot Kane ... Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas ... Sandy Youngblood (as Geoff Rivas)
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... Agent Jack Novall
John Trudell ... Louie Short Hair
Wes Studi ... Buff
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Captain Roberts
Chrissie McDonald Chrissie McDonald ... Jane Red Bow
Sky Seals Sky Seals ... Sky Red Bow
Maria Antoinette Rogers ... Aunt Harriet
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Storyline

Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride and identity through traditional and mystical means of gathering power. His high school friend, who is a Vietnam War Veteran, is exerting power as a highly principled social activist, using a modern rational materialist adversarial model of progress. Written by Stan Detering <detering@hevanet.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwei Cheyenne auf dem Highway See more »

Filming Locations:

Gillette, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,627, 26 February 1989

Gross USA:

$283,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$283,747
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Wes Studi. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Red Bow: This ain't the American Dream here. This is the Third World!
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Crazy Credits

The cast can be seen walking along the highway for part of the ending credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Kitten with a Whip (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Lord of the Highway
Written by Butch Hancock
Performed by Joe Ely
Courtesy of Hightone Records
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Fantastic film
17 February 2004 | by kwhatever55See all my reviews

The opening shot of Reservation poverty cuts right to the problem of a land that should belong to a race of people here before any of us. Its depressing and funny as anything to watch, overall, an independent masterpeice. Anyone researching native Americans should see this film. The question at hand, is whether to think of it as a comedy or drama.

Jimbo


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