Pow Wow Highway (1989)

Pow Wow Highway




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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jean Stawarz, Janet Heaney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Warner Bros.

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as Buddy Red Bow

as Philbert Bono

as Rabbit Layton

as Chief Joseph

as Wolf Tooth

as Imogene

as Sandy Young Blood

as Agent Jack Novall

as Louie Short Hair

as Buff

as Captain Roberts

as Patrolman

as Bull Miller

as CB Radio Voice

as Fidel de Boro

as Vietnam Vet

as Bull Miller
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Critic Reviews for Pow Wow Highway

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Martinez gives a solid, thoroughly credible performance, but it's Farmer who makes the movie truly special; look at his half-amused/half-offended reaction to a TV commercial featuring a car dealer wearing a feathered headdress and whooping it up.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

December 15, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Pow Wow Highway

I don't mind 'message films' but I don't care for ones that repeatedly beat you about the head and shoulders with preachy, cliched stereotypes.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Great road trip movie made all the more interesting with the fact that it is a Native self discovery road trip movie. Great for the native study canon.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Pretty funny and awesome native movie!!! and Best of all is I got to meet GARY FARMER! ;) Great movie with lots of humor on Natives. :)

Donna Dawson

Super Reviewer

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