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Actor Robert De Niro started a production company to make films just like this one: stories which were unpopular with the establishment and which are unlikely to make a big splash at the box-office. Even so, this is a first-class production, and the filmmakers were the first to receive permission to film on the Pine Ridge (Sioux) Reservation in South Dakota, likely due to director Michael Apted's having previously made an accurate and sensitive documentary about Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier's case, Incident at Oglala. The film did exactly as well as expected at the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Behind the fiction... is a very real history of conflict between Indian activists and the FBI, which culminated in the Wounded Knee siege of 1973..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"One of the best films Val Kilmer has done"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A fascinating murder mystery story that at the same time brings to our attention the plight of the modern Indians living on the reservation."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Enables us to ponder the validity of both the seen and the unseen powers in this world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Unique film set on Native American reservation and featuring Val Kilmer."
‑ Steve Crum,
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