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  • Thunderheart is a movie from the early 1990's that I enjoy watching
  • Maggie, a teacher, tries to help him to understand what is really going on and both sides of the issue
  • This movie is full of interesting points and explores both sides and yet seems to really show the unfairness by the government at that time

    • by LP Jardine
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      Thunderheart is a movie from the early 1990’s that I enjoy watching. Val Kilmer stars as an FBI agent from Washington D.C. who comes to the Sioux Indian Reservation to solve a murder.

      Val’s character, Ray ,is part Indian himself and is having to come to terms with the blood in his veins as he solves the murder.

      Graham Greene plays CrowHorse an Indian Reservation Policeman.

      To complicate


      matters there is a militant group trying to get the tribe to revert to old ways and resurrect the Ghost Dance.

      Sam Shepard plays Ray’s FBI partner.

      There is also a coverup being conducted by some of the policemen and FBI people. The water is being contaminated.

      Maggie, a teacher, tries to help him to understand what is really going on and both sides of the issue.


      • She is really interested in peace. When she is killed in the movie that is the catalyst for when Raymond finally stops denying his heritage and uses it to solve her murder and the original murder as well.

        Against all odds Ray and Crow Horse solve the murder and find the cause of the coverup.

        These events are based on a true story that happened in the

        early 1970’s.

        I really think the movie is well made and stays true to the spiritualism of the Sioux Tribe.

        I feel the acting in this film is very good by the entire cast.

        This movie is full of interesting points and explores both sides and yet seems to really show the unfairness by the government at that time.

        I really like this particular movie and watch it quite often.



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    Amanda says :

    What is really going on at the reservation? Why did Ray have such a difficult time doing is duty as the movie progresses? What role do elders play in the movie?

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    Violet says :

    There was turmoil on the reservation due to pollution and traditional heritage versus modernism. Ray was having a difficult time because he was feeling himself being called to his heritage… which relied more on instinct, native beliefs, and visions than the FBI’s logic and deductive reasoning techniques.

    It was an elder of the tribe (I can’t recall his name in the film, I’m sorry ) that helped point Ray down the path of “discovering himself.”

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