Children of the Dust

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Friendship and racism in 1880s America is explored in this made-for-television drama. Sidney Poitier stars as Gypsy Smith, a bounty hunter who, much to the chagrin of the local white population, leads a group of black settlers to Oklahoma to form their own free community. The film shows how racial tensions erupt between the black and white homesteaders. The Native American experience of racism is intertwined into the plot as well, with the story of a young Cheyenne boy who has lost his roots. Sidney Poitier and Regina Taylor were nominated for Image awards for their performances. Based on the novel by Clancy Carlile, the film originally aired in two parts.

Cast

Sidney Poitier
as Gypsy Smith
Michael Moriarty
as John Maxwell
Farrah Fawcett
as Nora Maxwell
Billy Wirth
as Corby/White Wolf
Joanna Going
as Rachel Maxwell
Regina Taylor
as Drusilla
Hart Bochner
as Shelby Hornbeck
Robert Guillaume
as Jolson Mossburger
Grace Zabriskie
as Rose Maddox
Shirley Knight
as Aunt Bertha
Byron Chief-Moon
as Chief Walks-the-Clouds
Kevin McNulty
as Sheriff Harriman
Katherine Isobel
as Young Rachel
Mitchell LaPlante
as Young Corby
Zachary Savard
as Young Dexter
Brent Stait
as Ballenger
Eric Keenleyside
as Boss Beeson
Jack Ackroyd
as Farmer Tully
Tom Schanley
as Cavalry Officer
Brian Jensen
as Lieutenant
Michael Elias
as Reporter
Crystal Verge
as Mrs. Tibbens
Donna Belleville
as Mrs. Clarksdale
Michelle Thrush
as Rainbow Woman
Joshua Myers
as Rachel's Child
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