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The Doe Boy (2001)





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Hank Kirk (Kevin Anderson) is a Caucasian man who objects to his half-Cherokee son Hunter's (James Duval) tendency to believe the stories of his Native American grandfather. Hunter is a hemophiliac, which makes it difficult (and dangerous) for him to take part in the same outdoor activities that dominate his father's life, especially as his mother, Maggie (Jeri Arredondo), worries about her son and tries to keep him away from danger. As Hunter grows older, he feels the need to prove himself to his father despite his medical condition, but his father objects to the Cherokee method of hunting and insists that the boy hunt like a white man, by sitting by the side of the road with a gun and waiting for game to appear. When Hunter goes deer hunting with Hank for the first time, he mistakenly bags a doe instead of a buck -- a tremendous embarrassment for both Hunter and Hank, because the animal has no antlers to show off and thus is not considered a great catch. Humiliated, Hunter seeks the advice of his grandfather, Marvin Fishinghawk (Gordon Tootoosis), and finds love for the first time with a girl his age. The Doe Boy was the first feature film from writer and director Randy Redroad, which was based on his own experiences growing up in a Native American family; the film was shown in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Sep 24, 2002


James Duval
as Hunter Kirk
Kevin Anderson
as Hank Kirk
Jeri Arredondo
as Maggie Kirk
Gordon Tootoosis
as Marvin Fishinghawk
Jim Metzler
as Dr. Moore
Andrew J. Ferchland
as Hunter as a boy
Alex Rice
as Bird Hummingbird
Kody Dayish
as Young Cheekie
James Smith Jr.
as Tommy Deer in Water
Kyle White
as Young Junior
Gayle Piester
as Mrs. Jensen
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All Critics (5)

Doughy drama about a half-Cherokee youth (James Duval wearing Cher's wig from "Half-Breed") in search of his self-identity.

Full Review… | September 25, 2002

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

August 19, 2005

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Doe Boy

An amazing movie! Great story plot. Phenomenal cast. Here's a story about life, and transitional changes for a young man. Great music!!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

A real good Native filmmaker that in my opinion is an equal or even better than Chris Eyre. Good move that is relatively light on the "native" cheese. Watch it more than once to see all the elements that Redroad puts in the film. Te tension between father and son is as great and incompatible as the Native American relationship with the United States of America. Two very unique perspectives that will never truly come together.

Dee Loren

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