Movie Fact #792 – March 16th, 2015:

The 1992 contemporary western mystery film “Thunderheart” employed many Indian actors, some of whose screen roles mirror their real lives. Actor John Trudell, who played the Indian activist character “Jimmy Looks Twice’ suspected of murder in the film inspired by the real life events surrounding Leonard Peltier, is in fact an Indian activist, as well as a poet and singer. Chief Ted Thin Elk, who played honored Lakota medicine man ‘Grandpa Sam Reaches”, is a Lakota elder himself in real life. It wasn’t just self-reflective actors that were used either to make this film culturally strong either.

Badlands National Park and Wounded Knee in South Dakota were used as backdrop locations for the real life incidents which took place during the 1970’s along with filming being done with the support of the Oglala Sioux people, who trusted director Michael Apted and producer John Fusco to express their story.

It is this kind of trust between different cultures that the best and worst of history can be told…to hopefully make a better future.

Published in: on March 16, 2015 at 11:44 PM  Leave a Comment  

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