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Grand Avenue [VHS] (1996)

Irene Bedard , Tantoo Cardinal , Daniel Sackheim  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados, Alexis Cruz, Deeny Dakota
  • Directors: Daniel Sackheim
  • Writers: Greg Sarris
  • Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, Greg Sarris, Janace Tashjian, Paul Aaron, Rachel Pfeffer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JWYB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Mollie and her two daughters, expelled from the Lokaya Indian Reservation following the death of her husband, find their way home to a place Mollie left long ago - Grand Avenue. The life they build there will be affected by the life she left behind, and the life she and her children will choose to lead.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Avenue January 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Grand Avenue An HBO Original Series written and produced by Greg Sarris, executive producer Robert Redford.
This powerful dramatic series tells the story of several generations of American Indians, Portuguese, Mexicans and African Americans who reside on Grand Avenue in real-life Santa Rosa, California. Based on the best-selling book by the same name, Greg Sarris takes the viewer deep inside the compelling world of mult-cultural America in the 21st Century. Winner of the Best Feature Film award at the American Indian Film Festival
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VIEW OF THE REAL AMERICA! June 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I stumbled blindly upon this film, channel surfing one nite some years ago, and immediately found the next time it would air and recorded it for - what one might call - future posterity. GRAND AVENUE has made me cry, laugh, but mostly think. My sister and I are Native American on our mother's side. It is her birthday and I was trying to think of something special for her. As I write this, I am dubbing a copy for her. It is ironic that I moved to Santa Rosa 12 years ago, and since living here have found that many movies were filmed here or in this area. But one does not have to live here to appreciate what a great movie is all about. GRAND AVENUE (co-produced by Robert Redford)is a powerful, shocking, and enlightening look into the lives and culture of our country's real fore-fathers (and mothers/brothers/sisters}. I applaud HBO for courageously giving this incredible odyssey to us, but wonder why they have not shared it with us again in over 3 years. I could rave on, but there is only one way to experience GRAND AVENUE -- see it! And seeing will be believing, and realizing that the truth is not Walt Disney or even CNN. The truth is in our own backyards ... and in this masterpiece of cinema. [For the curious who ask "what's it like?" - it is reminiscent (in an Indian kind of way) to John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood.] If you're tired of sit-coms & fluff, fluff up your pillow and prepare yourself for something very, very special.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong showing of contemporary Indian life March 17, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
An Indian family moves off of the rez and onto Grand Avenue, siutated in a neighborhood made up of various cultures and histories. The general tone of the film seems almost After School Special-like until someone gets into a cussing match or has sex in the backseat of a car. Not that that's all bad; the movie has a great many important messages and great stories woven throughout, and pays off for the serious drama fan looking for a fresh course. The acting is good across the board and the different threads of the characters' lives don't get muddled, which is surprising since the ensemble is so large.
Check it out. It's good stuff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took Me Off the Rez but Cant take the Rez Outta Me November 29, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This Is a GREAT Movie Written by Greg Sarris who is a local Santa Rosa Native,This film was Filmed in Santa Rosa and used many Sonoma County residents as extras{Myself and my Mother included}This brings todays Native Americans into the reality of life off the Rez and those who try to keep their traditions alive in a white world
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film that should be released on DVD May 18, 2009
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This fine piece of work has gotten lost in the shuffle. It is difficult to obtain a VHS copy, and apparently has never been issued on DVD. It is timely, well written and directed, and outstandingly acted. It deserves a new life on DVD!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been Made Into an HBO Series!!! May 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I thought this mini-series and it's characters were so well written & acted that it should have continued on as a series on HBO.Shelia Tousey(Molly), Deeny Dakota(Justine) and Diane DesBassige(Alice)and the always magnificent,Tantoo Cardinal gave such incredibly powerfull performances that they left me wanting to know what happens with their characters next.I really would have liked to seen "Grand Avenue" made into a series.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GRAND AVENUE!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars waiting for dvd upgrade April 4, 2011
By Lynn
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this and enjoyed it very much with my 3 daughters when they were very young. They all are now adults with children of their own and this came up in conversation. We would very much like to see this on dvd and I am sure you or someone would make good money on this. The movie does make your mind think back to when i myself was a child. We also came up to the city life straight from the reservation and was shocked how the children our own age were. Then after a while we got caught up in it as well.

I would buy several copies myself.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PULLED HIDDEN EMOTIONS FROM THE CLOSET December 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
THIS MOVIE WAS SO EMOTIONALLY STIRING...SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ON HBO...WAS STILL CRYING FROM PART 1 WHEN PART 2 BEGAN TO PLAY.. GROWING UP IN SIMILAR SURROUNDINGS BROUGHT MANY MEMORIES TO THE SURFACE FOR ME... ACTING WAS SUPERB... NOW OWN IT & WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ALL..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Avenue movie
I loved this movie and I have been looking to get my own copy, but it looks like the 2 that are being sold here on Amazon are being sold for $491. Read more
Published 2 months ago by maryann schuoler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, hard to find
I use clips from movies in continuing education classes and seminars, and I wanted to use this great film about the matriarchal leaders in urban Native American communities. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gilbert P Mansergh
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Avenue
I loved this movie when it was shown on HBO. I have wanted it forever. I would do anything to be able to have this movie or to be able to watch it again. Can anyone help???
Published 12 months ago by Tigerrezz
5.0 out of 5 stars No DVD
I have to say this is a really good movie. I collect many Native American DVDs and at one time I had this one on tape.But I lost it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and Realistic
I saw this movie when it played on television many years ago. I was just flipping channels...I think I may have missed the very beginning. Once I started watching, I was hooked. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Sheila F. Lozada
4.0 out of 5 stars i want know if grand avenue sale dvd
how much cost for sale dvd???? i ready watch dis movie. when i was younger. good movie and i want one. please i want one own sale movie name is grand avenue....thank you
Published on April 17, 2012 by kefrin
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN IS IT COMING BACK OUT ON VHS OR DVD
I SEEN THIS MOVIE AT MY CUZ HOUSE AND I FEEL IN LOVE WITH IT EVERY TIME I WENT OVER THERE I WANTED TO WATCH IT AND JUST RECENTLY MY CUZ REMINED ME OF HOW I RAN THAT MOVIE OUT. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by MISSY
5.0 out of 5 stars "grand Avenue" want to own
I seen this movie years ago and have been wanting to own it ever since. I wish it would come out on DVD at an affordable price. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by L CABALLERO
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the Rough
This was simply exquisite. If only it was available on DVD. It brings realities that we tend to romanticize to the forefront.
Published on November 16, 2009 by Holly Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about drama
The promo reads "Around Every Corner in America There's a Story Waiting To Be Told." The story here is about native Americans. One family in particular. Read more
Published on November 2, 2007 by Knowledge
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