War Party

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A small Montana town near an Indian reservation decides to reenact a century-old battle between the U.S. Cavalry and the Blackfoot Nation. But a white youth with a grudge loads his gun with live ammunition and murders one of the Native American participants. Sonny (Billy Wirth) retaliates, killing the white boy with a prop tomahawk, and he and his friends Skitty (Kevin Dillon) and Warren (Tim Sampson) escape on horseback into the plains, where they are pursued by the vengeful townsfolk.

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Critic Reviews for War Party

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  • The movie isn't so much dumb as it is irresponsible.

    October 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Despite its interesting depiction of modern Indian life, War Party is basically just another pursuit movie, no better or worse than the average.

    October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Franc Roddam's War Party proves that practically any issue can be exploited for cheap sensationalism.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It is possible that the makers of the film wanted to make some kind of a more thoughtful statement. But the screenplay falls into such a predictable action formula that any original thought is ruled out.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • War Party would obviously dearly love to be a serious film.

    October 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film closes on a highly moralistic note, but many viewers may not make it through enough of this bloody film to get to Roddam's didactic message.

    February 23, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War Party

  • Oct 22, 2012
    Waaaaay underrated!! I didn't get my hopes up for this movie because it seems like whenever I do I end up being disappointed but it was pretty good so if you have a chance to watch it, I'd tell you to go for it.I didn't really get into it until after what happened at the re-enactment & I thought what kind of idiot brings an actual weapon to a battle re-enactment?!! After that I was hooked
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2010
    I finally found this online this morning and i tell ya... one of the hardest movies to find on the planet! If you ever get chance to have a look at this film i suggest to do so u wont regret it! Don't however look for over the top acting here but a very good st idea of oryline. The mayor and reservation leader decide in order to pull more tourists into the blackfeet reservation they come up with an idea to re-enact a battle between the U.s calvary and the Blackfeet indians starring any locals who want to participate. The tribal leader's son Sonny (Billy Wirth) and his best friend Skitty Harris ( Kevin Dillon) take part in the re-enactment and after one of the drunken men playing a u.s. cavalry uses live ammunition and kills one of the blackfeet youth sends Sonny and Skitty and their own formed War Party fleeing from the police, the army,and brings to surface hidden racial tensions that have been silently brewing through the years between the blackfeet people and the other townsfolks. A great little movie that shows the strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood yet showing how much racial tension unfortunatly still exists. If i ever find this on dvd or even vhs for that matter it will be a much welcome addition to the Kyle collection. A must see!
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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