Trudell (2006)

John Trudell is a poet, musician, actor, and political activist who has been speaking out on behalf of the Native American people with intelligence and passion since the late '60s. Trudell took part in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Combines a minimum of critical distance and a maximum of gratuitous flash.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

By preaching so relentlessly to the choir, this film misses an opportunity to show what got them to sing in the first place.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An ultimately forgettable account of the poet and historic speaker for Native American rights

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Rae's reluctance to delve into more complex, personal or specific territory -- with anecdotes, for example -- limits viewer involvement.

Erin Meister
Boston Globe

Despite the rambling finish, however, overall the film is a thought-provoking and graceful portrait of a tenacious peace warrior whose frankness is his greatest weapon.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A bittersweet bio-pic which presents an articulate, defiant and sensitive soul who promises to remain committed to resistance till he draws his last breath.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[John] Trudell is the compelling presence at the heart of Trudell, Heather Rae's fascinating but superficial treatment of the poet, singer and tilter-at-windmills who has been at the barricades from the get-go.

Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

How could a movie about someone with one of the nation's longest FBI files be this dull?

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Like many "documentaries" that are essentially homages, Trudell often lacks context.

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