Thunderheart Movie Review 1992

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Young FBI agent Kilmer is sent to an Oglala Sioux reservation to investigate a murder. He is himself part Sioux, but resents being chosen for the assignment because of it. Aided by a veteran partner (Shepard), Ray learns, professionally and personally, from a shrewd tribal police officer (well played by Greene). Set in the late '70s, the film is loosely based on actual events plaguing the violence-torn Native American community at that time. Great cinematography by Roger Deakins. Filmed on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Director Apted deals with the actual incidents this film is based on in his documentary about Leonard Peltier, "Incident at Oglala."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Native America, Culture Clash, FBI
John Fusco
Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward, Fred Dalton Thompson, Sheila Tousey, Ted Thin Elk, John Trudell, Dennis Banks, David Crosby
Roger Deakins
Michael Apted
James Horner
Tri-Star Pictures

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