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Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

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Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

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Susanna White

Writer:

Steven Knight
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Catherine Weldon
Louisa Krause ... Loretta
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Cab Driver NY
Chaske Spencer ... Chaska
Ciarán Hinds ... James McLaughlin (as Ciaran Hinds)
Kindall Charters ... Waiter - Sleeping Car
Sam Rockwell ... Silas Groves
Jacob Browne ... Waiter - Dining Car
Luce Rains ... Old Man at Train Station
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Indian Robber
Rulan Tangen ... Susan McLaughlin
Michael Greyeyes ... Sitting Bull
Monika Crowfoot Monika Crowfoot ... Seen By The Nation
Debbie Black Lance Debbie Black Lance ... Old Sioux Woman
David Midthunder ... Shell King
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Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

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Rated R for brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sioux

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nő, aki előttünk jár See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,863, 1 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,528, 9 August 2018
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Though Sitting Bull's death is not historically accurate in the movie, it is portrayed with the sense of many native Americans, who often state that his death was a betrayal of the US government to a political leader. See more »

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Interesting but flawed historiclly.
26 November 2018 | by jackjack-2See all my reviews

This movie is to me as part American Indian enjoyable as it is told. I disagree with Roger Ebert's comments that it is too violent. However, I do not give it a high rating because it fictionalizes the story. The woman, Catherine Weldon, had an unsavory past which is not disclosed in the movie. She had been married but ran away with another man with whom she had a child. He also left her and her husband divorced her. She had a dream of living with Sioux. She joined the National Indian Defense Assn. and contrary to what is stated in the movie, it was on behalf of the Assn. that she traveled to the Dakota Territory. She did not go there for the purpose of painting Sitting Bull. And her son accompanied her on the journey and actually lived with the Sioux. When the Ghost Dancers became active, she warned Sitting Bull against them and warned him as to what would happen if he supported them. As a result, Sitting Bull rejected her and because of that and that her son was ill, she left him. Her son died on the way as she moved to Kansas City. She had a small inheritance which funded her trip but she never had any political influence as she asserted in the movie.

Aside from these discrepancies, the picture is a lesson in what happened to the Sioux and the acting is good. Setting aside the involvement of the artist, the overall story is informative and the scenery is grand.


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