“Hear me, then for one last time. They mean to take our land away from us. You may say, “They wish to give us land. This patch to you, this patch to you.” But here is the truth – each patch is for a man and all generations that follow him. And they know that this land cannot feed but one generation, not even so much as that. ” – Sitting Bull
Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Aug 2007 and 24 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After the Civil War, the US government makes unfair and impossible conditions for the various Indian tribes in the quest for Western expansion.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out.
They do a great job depicting the way that the Government kept changing their deals with the Native Americans in order to slowly make things more and more difficult for them as time progressed.
This movie gives a great perspective of the story from various sides in order for us to get an even better understanding of the viewpoints of both the Indians, the Government Officials and also of those doing their best to help the Indian cause.
I’m sure that the novel that this film is based on gives an even more in depth look at how each of these decisions affected the Indians in more and more drastic ways.
The cast of this film is quite good but since they deal with so many characters, the two hour run time feels rushed in order to find time to tell the whole story.
Certain aspects of the story therefore feel truncated and slightly unfinished.
Despite all this, I can understand how this film could win an Emmy for Best TV movie.
I would have preferred tho to see a miniseries version of this film which would have helped give this film even more depth because this version doesn’t do the story quite enough justice.
Bottom Line – Fascinating depiction of how the US Government slowly began to change their view in their dealing with the Native Americans and how things got worse and worse for these people as time went on. We get a nice perspective of the story from various sides including the Indian side which shows how the story progressed. The book this is based on is probably even more interesting because it can go in to much more detail of how the deals were changed and how things affected the Native Americans in much more drastic ways. The cast is quite good here, but the story deals with lots of characters and things feel too rushed and truncated in order to try and keep the run time more manageable at certain points when they should have delved deeper into the specifics. Despite this, I can understand how this film can win an Emmy for Best TV movie, but I would have preferred to see a much more in depth version of this film that doesn’t feel truncated. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Soon after the infamous Oscar rejection speech which featured Sacheen Littlefeather, Martin Scorsese approached Marlon Brando about starring in ” Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee”. They worked on a script for several months but it failed to materialise. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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