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Dance Me Outside (2008)

Herbie Barnes , Adam Beach , Bruce McDonald  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Herbie Barnes, Adam Beach, Michael Greyeyes, Kevin Hicks, Sandrine Holt
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UL61KW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 1995 slice of Native Canadian life was a landmark ensemble piece that opened eyes to life on the modern reserve.

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG WAIT WORTH IT May 28, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i loved this movie from the start. got it on vhs as soon as it was released. every year since i started collecting dvds, i have searched this title. FINALLY, it is out on dvd and i don't have to run off a copy from my vhs, plus it has wonderful extras!

ryan black and rest of the cast do a great job presenting 'the rez' in the present. as a story about two guys trying to get off 'the rez' by going to school on scholarship (to be mechanics), it shows how hard it is to even try!

and after watching this darker movie, try the slightly lighter side, by getting the series, 'the rez', also starring ryan black, which is both funny and depressing at the same time.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless September 1, 2001
By N.
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I'm a (non-Indian)racial minority who usually likes to see a political message in "ethnic" movies. This isn't really an "ethnic movie," though. "Dance Me Outside" is an indie comedy-drama about 90's life on an Ontario rez, with a mostly Native cast, but it is lovable by Americans of many different cultural backgrounds. It is also by all accounts one of the best movies I have ever seen. There are an (unfortunately small) handful of subversive movies referencing the colonial experience which shock us/force us out of our "cultural relativism comfort zone." Such movies {e.g. "Clearcut," "The Battle of Algiers,") shock us because they reflect the natural bitterness and residual hate of cultural clash; colonialism, genocide, and outright invasion and land theft are uncomfortable things that make us feel uncomfortable when we're forced to confront them. "Dance Me Outside" as an "ethnic" narrative works in entirely the opposite fashion, but it works brilliantly. This movie is the bomb, people.
Director Bruce McDonald, a non-Indian, has co-written a fabulous snappy script (based on Kinsella's story)that is almost literally back-to-back one-liners:immensely quotable. Every type of humor--from broad physical to ironic wry humor--is at work here. McDonald's approach to directing is obviously well thought-out, yet we never sense him at work when we are watching; all we see are the loose, engaging, charming results--this movie unfolds almost effortlessly, seamlessly. I dare anyone to say they feel uncomfortable while watching this movie, even during its so-called "darker" moments.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Cult favorite! June 15, 2009
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Pow Wow Highway held the rank of #1 Indian Cult favorite for the last decade plus, but this is so good I had to buy a second tape since I wore out the first one and now am looking for a copy in DVD. GREAT movie! It gets better every time you watch. I recommend sharing it with friends. Update: Six years down the road and I now own two DVDs in case one gets broken. This is the best movie I've ever seen! Funny, sad, real scenarios. Anyone who has lived on or spent any time on a rez will know and have lived many of these events.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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"Dance Me Outside" was a fantastic Canadian film from 1994 based on the novel of the same name by W.P. Kinsella. Directed by Bruce McDonald and co-written by Don McKellar ("Last Night," "The Red Violin"), the film centers around Frank Fencepost and Silas Crow, two young adults on a reserve in northern Ontario, planning on going to college in Toronto to become mechanics. We are introduced early on to their family and (girl)friends, and the tragic act that sets the tone occurs early on in the film. "Dance Me Outside" inspired the (Canadian) TV series "The Rez" (1996) which featured many of the same actors and characters (Frank, Silas, Sadie, Joseph, Etta).
The film opens with a shot of Silas Crow crouched down staring at his namesake, accompanied by a native flute and a voiceover. Throughout the film there are ties between the spiritual and the natural, whether it is Illiana's mother telling her that babies come from the Great Spirit or the predictions of Mad Etta. The scenes of Robert McVey, Illiana's white Torontonian yuppie lawyer husband, being "initiated" into the tribe as a ruse for Gooch (Illiana's old flame who was just released from jail) to impregnate Illiana, border on the absurd, representing white stereotypes of First Nations and vice versa, but there is a power, a lack of inhibition and an attempt to become one with nature, that makes it moving.
"Dance Me Outside" features many talented First Nations actors: Adam Beach (who was also in the award-winning "Smoke Signals"), Ryan Rajendra Black, Jennifer Podemski, Michael Greyeyes, Selim Running Bear Sandoval, and Vince Manitowabi among them.
The music was equally excellent, from a variety of bands such as Kashtin, the Vern Cheechoo Band, Joanne Shenandoah, the Headstones, Keith Secola, and R. Carlos Nakai.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance me Outside... native issues well captured December 31, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen and own this movie. This movie is based on the pretense of comedy, yet the dark underlying issues are ever present and hanging over your head. It was well acted, and it has been scripted beautifully. The take off series inspired by the movie called "The Rez" continues the movie in a believable fashion and stars the same actors, although Frank Fencepost has been replaced. But Adam Beach shows up again throughout the later episodes as a new character called Charlie. It's just a shame that it's not being made any more. Thank god for reruns! I recommend the movie to anyone anytime!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I saw this movie years ago and was so happy to find it again for purchase. I would recommend this movie and sight to my friends.
Published 7 days ago by Endora LaPan
5.0 out of 5 stars The good old days,
I missed this movie, haven't seen it in a long long time, thanks for bring back memories I totally for got about.
And the people who I saw it with.
Published 1 month ago by Brian M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Ahh this is a clever movie. I like something different and this is. Its great fun to watch over and over.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Thibodeau
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
It is kind of amateurish and juvenile. Adam Beach is a fine actor but wasted in this movie. Kind of Indian fluff but at least a Native American look at contemporary native... Read more
Published 2 months ago by frank bono
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment.
I was disappointed with this movie. I would of liked to of seen more romance in this. There was cheating and boys planning to kill a person and it turns out a girl kills a guy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie
I really enjoyed this film, it had it's share of humor and hard hitting reality. This is in my opinion a great movie.
Published 3 months ago by laura wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars great moveie
My husband loves this movie and has passed it around through the family. he saw it many years ago and just had to own it.
Published 3 months ago by carol trettevik
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Am The Wolverine!"
This movie is hilarious and ON the money how Rez life is... There are a lot of people not giving great reviews but over all it boils down to the different way of thinking... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bird Of Healing
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply packaged , not nice presentation.
I ordered this as a gift. I expected it to come in a plastic case, like the majority of DVD's are packaged . Instead, it came in a flimsy cardboard wrapper . ??? Read more
Published 4 months ago by rebecca s
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actors
Theres no substitute for Native actors and no shortage either. Hard to understand why there are painted faces in movies!
Published 5 months ago by R. O'Neill
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