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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)

TV-14 | | Drama, History, Western | TV Movie 27 May 2007
A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Daniel Giat (screenplay), Dee Brown (based on the book by) (as Dee Alexander Brown)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Elaine Goodale
Chevez Ezaneh ... Ohiyesa / Young Charles
August Schellenberg ... Sitting Bull
Duane Howard ... Uncle
Aidan Quinn ... Henry Dawes
Colm Feore ... General Sherman
Fred Dalton Thompson ... President Ulysses S. Grant (as Fred Thompson)
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse ... One Bull (as Nathan Chasing Horse)
Wayne Charles Baker ... Jacob
Brian Stollery Brian Stollery ... Bishop Whipple
Shaun Johnston ... Col. Nelson Miles
Gordon Tootoosis ... Chief Red Cloud
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Young Man Afraid
Morris Birdyellowhead Morris Birdyellowhead ... American Horse
Eddie Spears ... Chasing Crane
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Storyline

In the 1880s, after the U. S. Army's defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the government continues to push Sioux Indians off their land. In Washington, D.C., Senator Henry Dawes introduces legislation to protect Native Americans rights. In South Dakota, school teacher Elaine Goodale joins Sioux native and Western-educated Dr. Charles Eastman in working with tribe members. Meanwhile, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull refuses to give into mounting government pressures. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

The Epic Fall of the American Indian

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Wounded Knee Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally began development in 1995 as a two-part miniseries for ABC. See more »

Goofs

The mouse that craws under the blanket is clearly not the same mouse that is hit with the pan by the Indian woman and then removed from under the blanket. See more »

Quotes

Gall: There were no early crops. Now there will be no late crops. Does it seem to you that our coffee rations are smaller?
Sitting Bull: Why do you tell lies about my part in the fight at the Little Bighorn?
Gall: It was Agent McLaughlin. You angered him. He made me say these things against you.
Sitting Bull: How can this be? All our lives, we were like brothers, sharing meat when we had it. When we had no meat, and when food was but a day's ride to an agency, we could not be made to take from the whites!
Gall: I will go and speak straight...
[...]
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Stand with Courage
Written and Performed by Nathan Chasing Horse
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Look, we need to own up to what we did to the Indians.
5 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Does "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" go overboard on trying to humanize its subjects (or making them palatable to a TV audience)? Whether or not it does is beside the point. The point here is that we white people have to own up to our genocide against the Indians and theft of their land. Even if it takes a less-than-masterful movie like this one, something needs to remind us of that. The movie focuses specifically on a Sioux (Adam Beach) who takes the name Charles Eastman and studies medicine, but upon seeing what the white people's westward expansion does to his people tries to get Sen. Henry Dawes (Aidan Quinn) to listen.

I recommend it just because it shows what happened to the Indians. I repeat: we white people need to admit what we did and start atoning for it. Also starring J.K. Simmons, Wes Studi, August Schellenberg and Anna Paquin.


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