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Pow Wow Highway (1989)

Pow Wow Highway




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A. Martinez and Gary Farmer play a couple of contemporary Native Americans in the sociological drama Powwow Highway. Martinez, a longtime Indian rights activist, hitches a ride with his old pal Farmer while the latter is taking a "medicine" journey westward. The two men begin brooding over the various humiliations heaped upon them by the White power structure, particularly the incursions made on their ancestral land by a powerful mining company. When Martinez and Farmer organize a formal protest, the Feds retaliate by arresting Martinez' sister on a trumped-up charge. Despite the seriousness of the main plotline, Powwow Highway is essentially lighthearted in tone; it doesn't always work, but when it does, it's pure gold.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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A Martinez
as Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer
as Philbert Bono
Amanda Wyss
as Rabbit Layton
Sam Vlahos
as Chief Joseph
Wayne Waterman
as Wolf Tooth
Margo Kane
as Imogene
Geoffrey Rivas
as Sandy Young Blood
Roscoe Born
as Agent Jack Novall
John Trudell
as Louie Short Hair
Tony Frank
as Captain Roberts
Marc Miles
as Patrolman
Adam Taylor Gordon
as Bull Miller
Del Zamora
as Fidel de Boro
Graham Greene (II)
as Vietnam Vet
Adam Taylor
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
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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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