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He's not a "militant"... he's manito. Spirit Being.

Director:

Ryszard Bugajski

Writers:

Robert Forsyth, M.T. Kelly (based on novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Graham Greene ... Arthur
Ron Lea ... Peter Maguire
Michael Hogan ... Bud Rickets
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Wilf
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Louise
Tom Jackson ... Tom Starblanket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Therry Bannon Therry Bannon ... Sweat Lodge Singer #2
John Boylan John Boylan
Harvey Churchill Harvey Churchill ... Sweat Lodge Singer #1
Phil Harns Phil Harns ... Policeman
Michael Millar ... News Cameraman #1
Steve Mousseau Steve Mousseau ... Nasty Cop
Andrew Proctor Andrew Proctor ... Regional Police Officer #1
Michael J. Reynolds ... Hunter
Jari Sarkka Jari Sarkka ... Regional Police Officer #2
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When a lawyer loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest. The lawyer's empty talk about how the company's greed should be punished is put into brutal action by Arthur, who tortures the manager in allegorical ways mimicking what loggers do to the forest. Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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They were destroying the land of his heritage...now they must pay!


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Rated R for strong moments of torture and violence, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dream Like Mine See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first English language film made by director Ryszard Bugajski. See more »

Quotes

Peter Maguire: Your world is turning to shit...
Wilf: And you feel...?
Peter Maguire: I feel like somebody has to pay... Somebody has to hurt!
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References The Last Wave (1977) See more »

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Come On Over
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A supernatural being doing "evil" things for the benefit of the environment
3 January 2004 | by BigLaxFan94See all my reviews

This film was worth a 7 to me because I loved how Arthur threw his weight around with Peter and Bud. Arthur only behaved that way with them because he needed to teach a very valuable lesson on how nature can never be tampered with. Obviously Bud and Peter never saw it that way nor did they see things from the Native perspective the way Arthur did. Since Bud never cared one way or another what happened to the trees because he was the papermill manager. He only cared about profiting from those trees so he needed them to be cut down. Peter's problem was that he was trying to take both sides of the issue to try and please Arthur and Bud. Since Peter was a lawyer it was his intuition to see things from all sides. Although the Natives lost the court case, Peter however did try and smooth things out and ease the tension for everyone involved and for that, I give him credit.

But it was from Arthur's viewpoint that makes this film so cool. The important lesson needed to be taught to the other 2 men. Since Arthur rightfully committed those acts of violence towards Bud, Peter and those police officers because that was really the only way the situation was to be handled. If Arthur was just a regular human, he may have put up a fight but I don't think he would have gotten away with the things he did. He just would have been arrested and put away as "just another Indian who's only place is in jail". Ironically enough, Bud and Peter were arrested by police at the end of the film. Wow, what wrong have they done to society?? LOL The 2 men felt like THEY were the victims of the whole ordeal, not Arthur! LOL

Well............ anyways............ thanks for allowing me the time to review on this film as well. Take care. ;)


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