Powwow Highway

Powwow Highway

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Director: Joanelle Nadine Romero, Jonathan Wacks, A. Martinez, Gary Farmer

Cast: Joanelle Nadine Romero, Jonathan Wacks, A. Martinez, Gary Farmer

     
 

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The road movie gets a smart update with this seriocomic tale of two Cheyenne men traveling from their reservation in Montana to New Mexico. For one of them, Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez), a quick-tempered activist, the journey is a practical one; his sister has been arrested and he is the only family member who can help her out. Buddy has no transportation, so he's

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The road movie gets a smart update with this seriocomic tale of two Cheyenne men traveling from their reservation in Montana to New Mexico. For one of them, Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez), a quick-tempered activist, the journey is a practical one; his sister has been arrested and he is the only family member who can help her out. Buddy has no transportation, so he's forced to ride with Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer), a phlegmatic hulk of a man who is using his 1964 Buick as a vehicle for a spiritual journey of his own. Philbert's easygoing ways and insistence on frequent stops to meditate prove irritating at first to Buddy, but the men reach an accommodation as the trip wears on. Buddy comes to see that blaming the white man and what he sees as system rigged against Native Americans is distracting him from his true mission: to better understand himself and his place in the world.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The first Native American road movie follows many of that genre's conventions: a mismatched pair with different ideas on how to get to their destination, plus stops along the way that mix comedy and drama. The overlay here is that the men in that rusting 1964 Buick are traveling, at least for the first part of their journey, a highway that parallels the Bozeman Trail, the scene of many 19th century battles between white settlers traveling to the gold mines of Virginia City, MO, and Native Americans eager to protect their Northern Wyoming hunting grounds. Buddy Red Bow, well aware of the many indignities heaped upon his people, boils over with righteous anger, while Philbert Bono simmers gently with reflection. Because Bono is in the driver's seat (in more ways than one), Buddy has to dance to Philbert's rhythms. Their interplay is both amusing and provocative, and it allows the viewer to understand the yin and yang of the Native American psyche in the late 20th century, though it's clear the movie's ultimate sympathies lie with Philbert.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
UPC:
0013131234992
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
A. Martinez Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer Philbert Bono
Amanda Wyss Rabbit Layton
Joanelle Nadine Romero Bonnie Red Bow
Sam Vlahos Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman Wolf Tooth
Margo Kane Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas Sandy Young Blood
Roscoe Born Agent Jack Novall
Janet Cunningham Actor
Rene Handren-Seals Actor
Junie Lowry-Johnson Actor
John Trudell Louie Short Hair
Wes Studi Buff
Tony Frank Captain Roberts
Marie Antoinette Rogers Aunt Harriet
Graham Greene Vietnam Vet
Marc Miles Patrolman
Adam Taylor Bull Miller
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman CB Radio Voice
Del Zamora Fidel de Boro

Technical Credits
Joanelle Nadine Romero Director
Jonathan Wacks Director
Rick Barker Stunts
Don Diers Art Director
Randy Fife Stunts
Barry Goldberg Score Composer
George Harrison Executive Producer
Janet Heaney Screenwriter
Carl Kraines Associate Producer
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
Ben Loggins Stunts
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Cynthia Sowder Production Designer
Jean Stawarz Screenwriter
James A. Stewart Editor
Russell Towery Stunts
Jan Wieringa Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Reservation [3:47]
2. How Much for the Pony? [5:06]
3. Busted [2:35]
4. Seeking Wisdom [6:13]
5. The Journey Begins [5:58]
6. Cowboys and Indians [4:55]
7. Light Cloud [5:11]
8. Bonnie and Red Bow [6:05]
9. Leaving Pineridge [5:33]
10. The Powwow [5:19]
11. Tale of the Trickster [9:26]
12. The Road to Santa Fe [5:53]
13. Visiting Jail [8:14]
14. Breakout! [4:50]
15. On the Warpath [7:35]
16. End Credits [3:52]

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