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The road movie gets a smart update with this seriocomic tale of two Cheyenne men traveling from their reservation in Montana to New Mexico. For one of them, Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez), a quick-tempered activist, the journey is a practical one; his sister has been arrested and he is the only family member who can help her out. Buddy has no transportation, so he's forced to ride with Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer), a phlegmatic hulk of a man who is using his 1964 Buick as a vehicle for a spiritual journey of his own. Philbert's easygoing ways and insistence on frequent stops to meditate prove irritating at first to Buddy, but the men reach an accommodation as the trip wears on. Buddy comes to see that blaming the white man and what he sees as system rigged against Native Americans is distracting him from his true mission: to better understand himself and his place in the world. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:February 24, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Jonathan Wacks Filmmaker's Trophy: Dramatic 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jonathan Wacks Best First Feature 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Toyomichi Kurita Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Gary Farmer Best Supporting Actor 1989 Nominee

Cast

A. Martinez
as Buddy Red Bow
Gary Farmer
as Philbert Bono
Amanda Wyss
as Rabbit Layton
Joanelle Nadine Romero
as Bonnie Red Bow
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
Marc Miles
as Patrolman
Wes Studi
as Buff
John Trudell
as Louie Short Hair
Graham Greene
as Vietnam Vet
Janet Cunningham
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
as CB Radio Voice
Adam Taylor
as Bull Miller
Marie Antoinette Rogers
as Aunt Harriet
Tony Frank
as Captain Roberts
Junie Lowry-Johnson
Del Zamora
as Fidel de Boro

Crew

Jonathan Wacks
Director
Joanelle Nadine Romero
Director
Jan Wieringa
Producer
David Seals
Book Author
Jean Stawarz
Screenwriter
Janet Heaney
Screenwriter
Toyomichi Kurita
Cinematographer
James A. Stewart
Editor
Don Diers
Art Director
Carl Kraines
Associate Producer
Denis O'Brien
Executive Producer
George Harrison
Executive Producer
Isis Mussenden
Costume Designer
Rick Barker
Stunts
Russell Towery
Stunts
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