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Trudell

Trudell (2006)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

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John Trudell is a poet, musician, actor, and political activist who has been speaking out on behalf of the Native American people with intelligence and passion since the late '60s. Trudell took part in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the activist group Indians of All Tribes, who intended to use the former prison as a school for Native American youth. Trudell eventually became one of IOAT's leading spokesmen, and in 1973 became chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which would

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Mar 20, 2007

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Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.

March 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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[John] Trudell is the compelling presence at the heart of Trudell, Heather Rae's fascinating but superficial treatment of the poet, singer and tilter-at-windmills who has been at the barricades from the get-go.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A bittersweet bio-pic which presents an articulate, defiant and sensitive soul who promises to remain committed to resistance till he draws his last breath.

March 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The movie tries to do too much, sandwiching in extraneous histories of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, for instance, and skimming quickly past the mysterious fire that killed Trudell's wife and children.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Trudell" may be a one-sided work of propaganda, but it's effective, well-crafted and informative propaganda.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

This documentary feature is more concerned with telling us about Trudell's many exploits than with telling us about the man. As a result, it feels superficial, and the tone is much too reverential.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Short on the meat of documentary -- archival detail-- and long on hero worship ...

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A tribute to the focused and prophetic Native poet and activist who loves the Earth and has made many stands for the dignity of his people.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

...should all be interesting, but Rae goes that extra mile to make it alternately dull and irritating.

March 9, 2006

Trudell's activism is more compelling than his poetry or performance art.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Rae borrows a bit heavily from the Oliver Stone school of filmmaking: Quick cuts of seemingly random footage do more to draw attention to a possible dearth of relevant background materials than to evoke ideas of Native American history and struggle.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Serves as both a timely tribute to the man and an important reminder for those in danger of forgetting the issues at stake in the Native American struggle for rights and dignity.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Strident environmental warnings and political rhetoric do not a movie make.

February 24, 2006
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