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Powwow Highway

4.7 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews

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The spare American deserts become the site of an unforgettable story for two very different men on one incredible journey. Among the Lame Deer tribe in Montana, mystically driven Philbert Bono (CSI’s Gary Farmer) and big, plain-spoken activist Buddy Red Bow (The Score’s A Martinez) are sent on road trip in a dilapidated 1964 Buick named "Protector" when Buddy’s sister winds up in hot water with the law in Santa Fe. Along the way they encounter life-changing experiences that range from hilarious to heartbreaking before they reach their final destiny and a deeper understanding of each other. Also starring Wes Studi (Avatar), Graham Greene (Twilight: New Moon), and Amanda Wyss (Silverado), this electrifying, critically-acclaimed independent hit portrays modern Native Americans with basic human differences and common threads working to build a future together in the heart of a country filled with surprises.

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    • Actors: A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Amanda Wyss
    • Directors: Jonathan Wacks
    • Producers: Jan Wieringa
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
    • Run Time: 87 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B0046ZYEU2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Powwow Highway" on IMDb

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    By Ruth Henriquez Lyon VINE VOICE on July 27, 2000
    Format: VHS Tape
    The first time I saw this movie, I was struck mostly by how much fun it was to watch. There is an offbeat, good-natured humour that softens the harshness of some of the settings and situations. (Much of the music is beautiful--it's by Robbie Robertson but he's not mentioned for it in the credits.) The story line is well-developed, with good transitions between two converging sub-plots. The basic plot is quite simple: two friends, Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) and Buddy RedBow (A Martinez) take off on a road trip from a Montana Indian reservation to New Mexico in order to get RedBow's sister out of jail. Along the way they form a friendship, despite differences in personality and ways of looking at life.

    After seeing the movie a second time, it became clear to me that much of what divides them in the beginning has to do with different styles of being or becoming a "warrior." Redbow is a Vietnam vet, as well as an activist who was present at the Wounded Knee conflict. He has a lot of anger about the depredations of white people as well as, I suspect, his Vietnam experience. His idea of carrying out a campaign has to do with fighting, guns, and discharging rage.

    Philbert Bono, on the other hand, has never seen any combat action. He's a peaceful sort and regarded by others as an overweight buffoon. However, he's on a spiritual quest to gather power and become a spiritual warrior. His idea of carrying out a campaign has to do with getting the universal forces on his side. The dynamic tension between Philbert and Buddy define the second plot that runs parallel to the basic story line.
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    This movie is one of the best comedies I have had the pleasure of seeing. Take a road trip with Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) and Buddy Red Bow (A. Martinez) two Native Americans who will keep you laughing all the way. Written by David Seals (wonderfully I might add) and Produced by George Harrison, Denis O'Brien, and Jan Wiering (yes, George Harrison of the Beatles). It takes you on a journey across the US with beautiful breathtaking scenery in Philbert's "war pony" he fondly calls "Protector" a rusty 64 Buick he acquires in a junk yard for a sack of weed and a bottle of booze. It includes the voice of the astonishing Floyd Red Crow Westerman along with appearances of Wes Studi and Graham Greene. The music soundtrack includes performances by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Robbie Robertson/U2. I guarantee you will be more than pleased with the experience that this movie will give, as it totally blew me away. You will want to watch this one over and over.
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    This deceptively simple "road buddy" film was first introduced to me in 1991 when I was researching Native American culture for my 2 children so they would better understand their heritage. What a feast for the eyes,ears and spirit! The score,some of it by Robbie Robertson (U2) is a wonderfully effective backdrop that carries us into the world of one Native American's unique vision quest. One scene that comes to mind is when the gentle Cheyenne named Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) surveys a dilapidated junk yard full of wrecked cars, but sees instead a herd of wild ponies galloping on the plain. His choice of a "pony" is a broken down Buick,yet to him it's as noble as any horse that ever ran. And so it goes. A. Martinez is facinating as Buddy RedBow, Philbert's activist friend who joins him on the road. The film weaves together humor and pathos,fantasy and realism for a story that entertains while it touches the spirit and makes one feel,at least for a little while, as if life could indeed be as Philbert sees it; and wouldn't that be a wonderful,magical thing! I have not seen this film since 1992 and thought I might never again. That Pow Wow Highway is available now is a dream come true. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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    This is a great heartfelt movie. It has a bit poor quality when it comes to production, but the storyline is pretty good. The writer of this movie truly knew how to connect with viewers and give them characters they will remember long after they watch the movie.
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    I watched this movie years ago and just came across it and ordered it. It is very funny and profound and is well written and acted. Story means everything in a movie and this is a great story. It must have good Karma cuz the Beatle, George Harrison produced it.
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    I bought "Pow Wow Highway" because it was recommended as something I would like because I had purchased "smoke signals". Normally, I don't bother with these recommendations from Amazon, but this time (on a whim) I bought "Pow Wow Highway" and I am so glad I did!

    Being part Cherokee, it's hard to describe the mix of feelings this film brought out in me. This feeling was only enhanced by the powerful use of Robbie Robertson's "fallen angel" in the scenes with Filbert. Knowing the song very well, and knowing how it was used in the film, it brought tears to my eyes. It made both the movie and the song that much more powerful.

    I won't repeat what others here have done by outlining the plot, but I will say I agree with one reviewer: this film is a study in two ways of approaching being a warrior. It's two warriors fighting the same fight in two different ways. A totally incredible, breathtaking film.
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