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Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)

Adam Beach , Irene Bedard , Xavier Koller  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Beach, Irene Bedard, Eric Schweig, Leroy Peltier, Michael Gambon
  • Directors: Xavier Koller
  • Writers: Darlene Craviotto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55YW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale" on IMDb

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Get ready for nonstop action in this rousing tale of a Native American who defies incredible odds in his struggle for freedom! Squanto, a young warrior abducted from his homeland and enslaved, must battle impossible hazards on a desperate journey home. Driven by a passion to be free, he risks everything to escape his captors, braving the wilderness and triumphing, finally, as a great leader. A vivid true story of one man's unquenchable thirst for independence, SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE thrills with high-powered action and inspires with legendary courage!

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189 of 202 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't history November 13, 2004
This movie had great reviews, so I was eager to watch it, but threw it in the trash afterwards. Sadly, this is an example of historical revisionism, not a "true story." I'd give it zero stars if that were possible.

The real Tisquantum (nicknamed Squanto) was an adolescent, not a married young man, when kidnapped by Spanish, not English, slave traders. He was purchased on the slave block by monks, who taught him the Spanish language and the Christian faith. He lived with them for five years, until they secured a home for him with an English family in London. In England Squanto learned a second language, English, and waited another five years until he found passage back to North America. When he finally arrived home, he found his tribe completely wiped out from disease (they had no immunity to pathogens picked up accidently from the Europeans) -- that one bit the movie did correctly report -- and in his sorrow went to live in seclusion in the wilderness near his tribal village.

A year or so later, Samoset found him, told him of the Pilgrims who'd settled in his village, and encouraged him to meet with them. There was no near-war between Pilgrim and Native American hostile to them (hostilities did happen, but later); no chief's son who was saved from death by the joint actions of a European doctor and American Medicine Man. It just didn't happen the way this movie depicts.

Instead, the Pilgrims were amazed that Squanto spoke English. According to their records, he welcomed them, and he taught this group of non-farmers how to survive. The Pilgrims had lost huge numbers from the deadly winter, but with his help the group flourished. They also indicated he embraced the Christian faith.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The producers of this movie should have titled it, "Squanto: How We Would Have Scripted His Life." It took me a while to figure out fact from the fiction regarding Squanto's life. Unfortunately, this movie not only skipped the facts, it added confusion to them.

Let us begin with the facts. There was a Native American named Tisquantum, whom the Pilgrims called Squanto. Squanto was tricked into going to England in 1605. Squanto learned English during his stay in England. Eventually Squanto returned to North America, in 1614, with a pair of English ships. One of the two ships returned to England, leaving Squanto behind. The remaining English captain kidnapped Squanto and twenty-six other Native Americans and took them to Spain to sell them as slaves. Local friars in Spain discovered what was happening and took the Native Americans into custody with the intent of teaching them Christianity. In 1618, Squanto boarded a ship bound for Newfoundland.

In Newfoundland, Squanto was recognized and taken back to England. Squanto returned to North America in 1619 to aid in mapping the coast and in re-establishing trade with Native Americans. Squanto learned that disease had destroyed his village, so he moved in with a neighboring tribe. The following year the Pilgrims landed approximately at the site of Squanto's village. Squanto helped the Pilgrims survive by teaching them how to find native fish and how to fertilize crops.

Eventually, Squanto abused his influence over the Pilgrims and manipulated the local tribes. Massasoit, the local sachem, or high chief, asked the Pilgrims to turn Squanto over to him for execution. Either fortunately or unfortunately, an English ship arrived, distracting everyone.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful movie! March 29, 2000
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This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. There are lots of depressing parts of this movie though. Squanto, an indian, marries a woman named Nakooma. English traders came to trade and gave some of the indians, including Squanto, a look at the ship. Unfortunately it was a trick and Squanto and his friend were captured. They were the only ones captured because the others lept out and swam for shore. When Squanto was captured the other indians, along with Nakooma, came out in canoes to try to rescue them. The atempt failed and Nakooma was left alone. Squanto and his friend arrived in Europe and were forced to entertain. Squanto succcfully ran away from them and is injuried badly. He made his way to a monastary where the Monks treat him and teach him. Squanto in turn taught the Monks of his culture. Squanto leaves with a monk to go to his homeland. When they left Squanto is once again captured. He escaped and rode his horse onto a ship and told of gold in his homeland. They take him back to his home where everyone has died because of desiases carried over. He lived there by himself and one day came upon the pilgrims who had landed and Plymouth Rock. Squanto gave peace but his neighboring tribe was ready for war. A indian boy shot and missed with a bow and arrow, then was shot. He was healed by one of the pilgrim doctors. The tribes made peace and had a feast for two generations which we now know as Thanksgiving.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not factually perfect, but a great teaching tool December 5, 2008
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If you are looking for a historically precise biography of Squanto's life, this movie is not the place.
If you would like to show kids 8 years and up how life was for the early New England settlers and Native Americans and teach them a valuable lesson of acceptance, this is a five star movie.

I've used this movie for several years with my fourth grade class. After the movie, I have them highlight differences between the movie and this short biography (updated with research published in the Nov/Dec issue of Native Peoples magazine by Richard Williams):

One day in 1605, a young Patuxet boy named Tisquantum (later known as Squanto) and his dog were hunting when they saw a large ship off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The people on the ship came to trade with the Native Americans (Indians). After trading, the ship's captain George Weymouth invited Squanto, his friend Samoset, and three others to board their ship.

Once aboard the ship, the five boys were chained and taken to England so investors in the shipping company could see Indians. In England, Squanto was forced to live with Sir Ferdinand Gorges, who owned the Plymouth Company. Sir Gorges taught him English so Squanto could teach ship captains his Native American language. In 1614, Squanto was brought back to America to guide, interpret, and help map the New England coast.

Back in America for a short while, Squanto was soon kidnapped a second time, along with 27 other Indians. They were taken to Malaga, Spain and were sold as slaves for about $25 apiece. Local priests learned about their fate, freed them from the slave traders, and baptized them in Christianity. Squanto found his way back to England, and he returned to America in 1618.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
A different take on Squanto. Probably not accurate but it did interest my students. I was much less "lovey" than Pocahontas. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars still as great as i remember it
Ive always wanted this movie since i saw it as kid , still as great as i remember it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie ia an awesome movie! I had it on VHS and wanted a copy on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Adam Beach this was the first movie I saw ...
Just love Adam Beach this was the first movie I saw him in. See him again in the Tony Hillerman DVD's.
Published 2 months ago by Brinda /moonsister8
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating for purchase on Amazon
Had the VCR for years. Liked the movie, and had watched it with me nephew who was 6 at the time. I purchased two DVDs,
one for my nephew and one for my grandson who is 10. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lois Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Squanto
It's a great movie. It's filled with action but the message is the best. It's about forgiving and moving on in a positive way.
Published 3 months ago by sandra camarena
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie to watch with your grandchildren.
I have always loved this story and loved the oppurtunity to share this movie with some of my grandchildren. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katherine L. Rollins
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