Last of the Dogmen
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"Last of the Dogmen" is a beautiful story that takes my breath away everytime I watch it. It's one of those films that even if you start out viewing it alone, pretty soon, you'll find the rest of the family gathered around simply because one glimpse of the scenery,one paragraph of the dialouge,one look at the story and it's got a hold on you.
It's a modern Western, with all the romantic adventure of one that may take place 100 years ago. Lewis Gates(Tom Berenger) is a bounty hunter hired to track three deadly criminals who have escaped deep into the "Oxbow" of the Montana wilderness. As he follows their trail, he begins to uncover a 100 year old mystery. One of the clues is an arrow that could only have been used by a tribe of Cheyennes that existed over a century ago.
He can't let go of what the possibilities may be and convinces the beautiful Dr Lillian Sloan(Barbara Hershey), expert in Native American culture, that there may be something incredible out there. Their search begins as they try to uncover the past, and what they find is a way of life too beautiful to be spoiled by modern day man and it is up to them to save it!
It's just an incredibly beautiful film that interweaves the search for the past with Gates' own ghosts from his past. The friendships formed,the evolving romance, the cinematogrpahy, the musical score, and the heartwarming story all combined for a wonderful film.
Even "Zip" the dog(played by "Zip"), will be tugging at your heart.Berenger and Hershey worked beautifully together, and Steve Reevis and other American Indian actors were not only wonderful but lent a great deal of realism and authenticity to the film...Bravo!Read more ›
As far as the story, there is something so good, so valuable about the values displayed by Lewis and Lilly in regard to their discovery of the lost tribe of Cheyenne. They never even entertain the thought of making the Cheyenne's presence known to the rest of the world. A strong message of respect for people and nature flows through the film like a deep current. Berenger and Hershey are two seasoned pros that seem to be performing at their peak and I truly appreciate what their talents, wisdom, and experience brought to each of their roles and to the integrity of the story. The native american characters are real people, not "Indians." The actors that portrayed these roles did an outstanding and commendable job of portraying the Cheyenne people with dignity, humanity, and respect. The Cheyenne costumes, language, and customs were authentic.
The score of this film is passionate and moving. It throbs with romance, majestic beauty, and life to the beat of a native american drum.
In essence the film evoked for me purity, passion, wonder, and respect for life. If these are qualities that you appreciate in a story, you won't be disappointed.
January 18, 2011: Having just watched "Last of the Dogmen" on DVD (for the tenth time) I wanted to add a few words on the differences between the DVD and the VHS versions of the show. The VHS is in full screen format while the DVD is in wide screen format; however, on a wide screen TV the picture has black bars on the top, bottom and sides, which means that one could set it to be full screen if so desired. The DVD also allows you to turn off the voice over and has bonus material: 1) a Director's commentary, 2) an Original Costume Sketch Gallery, 3) the Original Theatrical trailer and TV spots, and 4) three featurettes: "The Story," "Building the Cheyenne Village," and a "Behind the Scenes" montage. All of the bonus features are very good, in my opinion, while the commentary does add some insight on the film.--Karl
As a former professor of Native American Studies, I have been asked numerous questions about this thought provoking, well photographed (although I wish they would actually film movies about Montana, in Montana), and touchingly portrayed movie. After reading many of the reviews, including the editorial reviews, I find myself compelled to write my own review; and have waited this long only in hopes of viewing the DVD version first. But, after two years of unanswered letters to the production company requesting that the movie be re-released, I purchased the VHS version.Read more ›
This wondrous tale of innocence lost and found again is something that I'll never get tired of. Sure, the narration by Wilfred Brimley may not have been necessary, but you know what? It certainly doesn't detract from the film, and the film is simply amazing in it's own right.
Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey are a fantastic and I'm glad that I got a chance to see this film. I've now seen it three times, and I'm really hoping that it's released on DVD so I can purchase it.
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