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Black Cloud (2005)

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Actor Rick Schroder makes his directorial debut with this inspiring drama set in the American Southwest. Black Cloud (Eddie Spears) is a young Native American who grew up in a violent household and is still struggling to come to terms with his family and his heritage. Black Cloud's life has forced him to be quick with his fists, and Bud (Russell Means), a longtime friend and mentor, has been coaching Black Cloud in boxing with the young man showing great promise in a Navajo Golden Gloves competition. Norm (Peter Greene), a scout for the United States Olympic boxing team, sees Black Cloud in the ring and is certain he has the potential to be a champion, but Black Cloud isn't certain if he wants to fight for anything besides his people. Meanwhile, Black Cloud has fallen in love with Sammi (Julia Jones), a pretty young Native American woman, but she has a child from a previous relationship with Eddie Young (Rick Schroder), a hot-tempered rodeo rider. When an argument between Eddie and Black Cloud escalates into a fistfight, Black Cloud viciously beats him, and soon Sheriff Powers (Tim McGraw) is on the lookout for the young man. Black Cloud also features Wayne Knight, Tim Sampson, and "Pooch" Marion Hall. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Eddie Spears
as Black Cloud
Tim McGraw
as Sheriff Powers
Wayne Knight
as Mr. Tipping
Sunny Knox
as Reporter No. 1
Pooch Hall
as Rocket Ray Tracey
Jeff Ham
as Reporter No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Black Cloud

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

A determinedly old-fashioned boxing/ coming-of -age film, only perfunctorily hitting its marks.

March 17, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Many cliches and borrowed substitutes for creativity.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

In drawing on hackneyed plot devices from both sports movies and films about Native Americans, Schroder essentially has created an extended version of Walker, Texas Ranger without the intellectual dialogue or, sadly, Chuck Norris.

September 30, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

An engaging and entertaining story about a young Navajo burdened by demons about his single white ancestor, and has a chip on his shoulder

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Urban Cinefile

If he can refine his writing and keep his heart in the right place, Schroder's next movie might offer the impact that 'Black Cloud' is missing.

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Schroder's exceptionally impressive writing and directing debut.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Black Cloud

Good movie.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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Tim McGraw is awesome in this movie only I hate that he is mean to the Indian cause' Indian's are awesome and I'm a little Indian!!!

screw u asshole
screw u asshole

A really terrible film with very hokey stereotype perpetuations about Native Americans. Kind of like Smoke Signals meets Rocky but way more lame. Since it had Navajo characters in the film I was mildly surprised that it didn't have Adam Beach in it - that was the only good thing about the movie. The direction was bad and the acting was about as bad. Ricky Schroeder really tried to polish this turd and he wasn't successful.

Dee Loren
Dee Loren

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