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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.Read more ›
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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the greatest film ever made, Philbert is a native american Buddha. I did a college report on this film and got an APublished 23 days ago by erik paulson
This film is the first time I ever saw Gary Farmer so it has a special place in my heart. I loved Philbert so much! Read morePublished 1 month ago by nenheedra
This is an extraordinary film and has been one of my all-time favorite films for years. The acting is magical, as is the story: it's a North American Magic Realism gem.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Maybe 10% of the great novel by the unknown author David Seals. What a shame this eloquent epic of the struggle of indigenous peoples on the American Hemisphere, was reduced to a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome movie. I wish there were more Movies like this one. Only drawback with the DVD is, it doesn't have closed captions. I couldn't make out some of the slang dialog.Published 11 months ago by artshia plentyhawk
I hope the producers and studio takes note of all the good reviews here and re-releases this film. Look at the prices! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Scout