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Thunderheart
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Thunderheart

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Director: Michael Apted, Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Sam Shepard

Cast: Michael Apted, Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Sam Shepard

 

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Michael Apted's under-appreciated Thunderheart comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. While the extras

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Michael Apted's under-appreciated Thunderheart comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. While the extras leave something to be desired, the sound and picture quality are solid enough that this Columbia/TriStar disc should not disappoint those looking for something outside of the Hollywood mainstream.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Val Kilmer delivers some of his subtlest work as an FBI agent who must overcome his self-loathing to solve a murder. Kilmer is the film's reluctant hero, Ray Levoi, whose one-quarter-Native American heritage makes him the prime candidate to investigate a homicide on a South Dakota reservation, a case extrapolated from the true story of activist Leonard Peltier, whom many believe was wrongfully jailed for the murders of two FBI agents in the 1970s. Most of Thunderheart plays like Raymond Chandler updated for the politically correct 1990s, long on topical, political mystery and short on romance. The actor does a good job of conveying Ray's deep-rooted denial: he's a prime representative of Reagan-era, button-down conservatism, and Kilmer and Apted loosen him up without resorting to obvious, pandering scenes of revelation. The movie has real tension but never presents Native Americans as a mysterious, enigmatic "other;" even when Apted calls attention to the squalid socio-economic conditions of the reservation, he never loses sight of the film's entertainment value. Apted released a companion documentary on the Peltier case, Incident at Oglala, that same year.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1998
UPC:
0043396706996
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
3,224

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Ray Levoi
Graham Greene Walter Crow Horse
Sam Shepard Frank Coutelle
Sheila Tousey Maggie Eagle Bear
John Trudell Jimmy Looks Twice
Fred Ward Jack Milton
Chief Ted Thin Elk Grandpa Sam Reaches
Fred Dalton Thompson William Dawes
Dennis J. Banks Himself
Robin Black Bird Lakota Singer
Floyd Charging Crow Lakota Singer
Lisa Clarkson Actor
Charles Davis Lakota Singer
Sylvan Pumpkin Seed Hobart
Buddy Red Bow Man at Powwow
Calvin Timothy Red Elk Powwow Singer
Ernest Red Elk Lakota Singer
Melvin David Young Bear Powwow Singer
Severt Young Bear Lakota Singer
Julius Drum Richard Yellow Hawk
Sarah Brave Maisy Blue Legs
Allan R.J. Joseph Leo Fast Elk
Patrick Massett Agent Mackey
Rex Linn FBI Agent
Brian A. O'Meara FBI Agent
Duane Brewer Ranger
Lewis C. Bradshaw Ranger
Candy Hamilton School Teacher
Jerome Mack Maggie's Kid
Tom M. LeBeau Ray's Father
Bridgit P. Schock Ray's Mother
Terry Graber Doctor
David Crosby Bartender
Jerry Allan Hietala Drunken Brawler
George Patterson Helicopter Pilot
Robin J. Saderup Helicopter Pilot
Sam Adams Lakota Singer
Elroy Cross Lakota Singer
Kenneth J. Richards Lakota Singer
Carlin Orville Morrison Powwow Singer
Verland Theodore Phelps Powwow Singer
Tim Owen Taggart Powwow Singer

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Ian Crafford Editor
Robert De Niro Producer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Dianna Freas Set Decoration/Design
John Fusco Producer,Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Nozik Producer
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Jane Rosenthal Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:58]
2. Levoi & Coutelle [1:20]
3. Bear Creek [2:12]
4. Walter Crow Horse [6:16]
5. Two key extremists [1:23]
6. Sweat meeting [1:46]
7. Badger game [4:28]
8. Dumping ground [3:03]
9. Maggie Eagle Bear [4:14]
10. Writing their reports [3:06]
11. "Doing 59 in a 55." [1:31]
12. Heavy-duty medicine [7:25]
13. Grandma & Maggie [4:52]
14. Disarming the natives [3:11]
15. Shape shifter check [3:27]
16. Crow Horse Powwow [4:54]
17. Visions [3:53]
18. Not set-up [6:31]
19. On watch [4:55]
20. Evidence [4:58]
21. Vivid dream [1:48]
22. Power deal [4:06]
23. Thunderheart [3:54]
24. Richard Yellow Hawk [11:49]
25. Indian attack [4:06]
26. The stronghold [1:42]
27. The truth [4:13]
28. No word for goodbye [6:58]
Side #2-Full Screen
0. Scene Selection
1. Start [6:58]
2. Levoi & Coutelle [1:20]
3. Bear Creek [2:12]
4. Walter Crow Horse [6:16]
5. Two key extremists [1:23]
6. Sweat meeting [1:46]
7. Badger game [4:28]
8. Dumping ground [3:03]
9. Maggie Eagle Bear [4:14]
10. Writing their reports [3:06]
11. "Doing 59 in a 55." [1:31]
12. Heavy-duty medicine [7:25]
13. Grandma & Maggie [4:52]
14. Disarming the natives [3:11]
15. Shape Shifter check [3:27]
16. Crow Horse Powwow [4:54]
17. Visions [3:53]
18. Net set-up [6:31]
19. On watch [4:55]
20. Evidence [4:58]
21. Vivid dream [1:48]
22. Power deal [4:06]
23. Thunderheart [3:54]
24. Richard Yellow Hawk [11:49]
25. Indian attack [4:06]
26. The stronghold [1:42]
27. The truth [4:13]
28. No word for goodbye [6:58]

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Thunderheart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CindyWCH More than 1 year ago
Terrific movie. And if you know anything about what happened on the Rez in 1975, it is obvious who some of the actors in this are portraying. One you should buy, and maybe watch first, is "Incident At Oglala." That movie is dead accurate and why the director of this great film was allowed to film on the Rez. Won't disappoint!
Kenina More than 1 year ago
it doesn't matter what side of the fence your on this one makes you think and it draws attention to real life problems of modern natives instead of a period piece like they usually do. very enjoyable. a friend showed it to me and the next day i had to go out and get it. i was hooked. its now one of my top all time favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ameican Indians have been the most persecuted people on the earth, every rational person knows this, unless you are one of many Americans that still thinks that Columbus was a hero (it's a myth, get over it). I thought, however, that this movie had a little self-righteousness with leftist elements. Like many movies of its kind where it is dealing with a repressed ethnicity (whether it be the Native American, the Irish, African American or so many around the world), it oversimplifies the issues into good guys (Indians) vs. bad guys (evil sheriff deputys and white man mining interests). Another element that is overdone in so many Indian films is their mysticism/spirituality, as if they are the same thing. They act like every Indian is at peace with himself or herself and that their lives are so simple (another form of racism, in my opinion.) Van Kilmer, otherwise a very good actor, delivers a weak performance in this film. The only thing that redeems it is the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will resonate with any viewer who has even a superficial interest in issues dealing with American Indians, crime, mystery or Val Kilmer. Kilmer's character, Ray, goes through a very subtle yet intense transformation from an uncaring callous man who is totally oblivious to his background to one who has much more depth and understanding. Beyond the rich and engaging details of Indian life and culture, the underlying mystery/plot of the movie is very captivating. It is a bitter-sweet movie that will make you think while entertaining you. It is one of the best movies I've ever seen, and one which I love watching over and over again. Highly reccomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to: Indian Justice: guess what? the entire world is made up of bad guys and good guys, "get over it". I have read Tim Mathieson's book describing the incidents on the Lakota reservation in the 1960's, including the case of Leonard Peltier --who, last I heard, is still in prison. This film, while perhaps following the formula you describe, also includes the point of view that there are some Native Americans who are not so "spiritual" but as venal as the white people others of them fear and despise. It begins with one such as the main character and is the story of the arc of his journey, spiritual and mental, to seeing the reality of what is on the reservations. No one thinks all Native Americans are totally spiritual and at peace with themselves. This film only shows the element of that spirituality that was lost by so many, and kept by a few. If you don't buy the spiritual side of the culture, that's your privilege, but it doesn't mean it's not true. I give the film a high rating because, to my point of view, this is the real film about Native Americans, in the modern day, and how their difficulties today have their recent roots in the situations depicted in the film.
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