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An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Director:

Chris Eyre

Writers:

Adrian C. Louis (novel), Jennifer D. Lyne
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Schweig ... Rudy Yellow Lodge
Graham Greene ... Mogie Yellow Lodge
Gary Farmer ... Verdell Weasel Tail
Noah Watts ... Herbie Yellow Lodge
Lois Red Elk ... Aunt Helen
Michelle Thrush ... Stella
Nathaniel Arcand ... Teen Mogie
Chaske Spencer ... Teen Rudy
Joseph American Horse Joseph American Horse ... Panhandler
Wilda Asimont Wilda Asimont ... Neighbor
Dave Bald Eagle ... Old Soldier
Bruce Bennett ... Medical Examiner
Robert A. Bennett Robert A. Bennett ... Officer Comes Running
Gil Birmingham ... Sonny Yellow Lodge
Joe Black Elk Joe Black Elk ... Drill Team Member #1
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Storyline

Rudy Yellow Lodge is an investigator with the police department and witnesses firsthand the painful legacy of Indian existence. Although rampant unemployment, alcoholism and domestic violence are the norm for many reservation inhabitants, Rudy has largely escaped this cycle of despair. His brother Mogie, however, has not. Now faced with the discovery of a bloodied body, a flaming liquor store just off native land that sells millions of cans of beer a year to the native population, and his brother's ongoing self-destruction, Rudy goes on a quest to avenge himself, his family, and his culture and to seek justice. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The Other American Heroes.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Busca de Identidade See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,439, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$249,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$249,204
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The crew would have to drive an hour each day since there was no local hotel or other infrastructure available. Three cars rolled travelling on gravel roads on the way to or from production. See more »

Goofs

A drunken Mogie attempts to shoot a beer can with his shotgun as Rudy approaches. Near the end of the scene Mogie drops the shotgun and it discharges, hitting the beer can. Rudy picks up the shotgun and breaks open the chamber; there are however no spent shells evident in the shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Mogie Yellow Lodge: Well, maybe there is one thing you can do for me.
Rudy Yellow Lodge: What?
Mogie Yellow Lodge: Help me blow the nose off George Washington at Rushmore.
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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19 March 2005 | by syliva_vanhuseSee all my reviews

I feel this movie was a good depiction of life in a poor small town (having lived in several myself.) I enjoyed that it treated Indians like regular folks just trying to find their place in the world. I am irritated by the person whining about Spike Lee and stereotypes. While Spike has contributed a body of work that provokes, he is not every black man.

According to his IMDb bio, Chris Eyre is Cheyenne and Arapaho. Those two tribes banded together with the Sioux to fight Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn or Custer's Last Stand. The reason for the movie's joke about the Crow is because they had been scouts FOR Custer.

The point of that history lesson is that Indians are no more homogenized than white folks. To imply that one person can speak for an entire race is just plain asinine.

In addition, there is a little bit of truth within every stereotype. Although alcoholism is not unique to Indians, Native Americans, natives, indigenous, aboriginals, etc... (or what ever the correct 'PC' term is this week) and I like how this movie dealt with it. I also especially enjoyed the cowboy boots with the football uniform...


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