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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (HBO) [DVD]

Aidan Quinn , Adam Beach , Yves Simoneau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, J.K. Simmons, Eric Schweig
  • Directors: Yves Simoneau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Inspired by the best-selling book by Dee Brown, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee tells the tragic and powerful story of the subjugation and cultural extermination of the American Indian. Beginning just after the bloody Sioux victory over General Custer at Little Big Horn, the story culminates in the massacre at Wounded Knee. The story is told through two unique perspectives: Charles Eastman (Adam Beach, Flags of Our Fathers), a young, white-educated Sioux doctor held up as living proof of the alleged success of assimilation, and Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg, The New World), the proud Lakota chief whose tribe won the American Indians’ last major victory at Little Big Horn.

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Aidan Quinn Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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174 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Red Woman's Opinion 9 July 2009
Coming from a Lakota Indian; Dee Brown was not Lakota nor was he from my homeland. That being said, from someone who's ancestors was there, this movie hit pretty close to home. Yes, the film makers added a little here and there but that is the case with ANY historical based movie.
Remember there is two sides to this story; the Americans and the Red Race, what you read and see is not always the truth. I think we Indians know our history better then anyone else. I abhor anyone trying to tell me what did and did not happened if they were not raised in our culture and by our elders which know our history by heart! And I am sorry to tell the other reviewers who think they know Lakota history; Sitting Bull as MANY Siouxian leaders did in fact whip and punish their people when they broke the tribal law. If a woman cheated she got her nose cut off... if a warrior stole a horse he was executed and so on. We did a lot of "brutal" things in the white man's eyes but in our eyes it was the Red Way. When the soldiers burnt our homes and murdered our children, our warriors lashed back by torturing settlers, gang raping women, and abducting white children and raising them to kill their own. It is not pretty for the faint but we survived and this DVD is small collection of our story.
If you want a TRUE Indian read try The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey by Joe Starita or any novel by Joseph Marshall, a real Lakota. Also Into the West is a great historical movie about our history. For documentary try We Shall Remain and The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 23 Nov 2010
By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Ethnic cleansing wasn't invented in the 20th Century although it was first called that in former Yugoslavia in the 1990's. Under another name it is what happened in the American west about a hundred years earlier when native Americans were forced from their ancestral lands after being there for a thousand years or more because the whites wanted their land for settlement, the railroad and mining. The nail in the coffin came when gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota, which was sacred to the Lakota Souix and the whites coverted the land and wanted to exploit it for their own unrichment.

White Americans who broke every treaty they ever made with native Americans at first tried to bribe them and when that did not work they took more forcible measures culminating in numerous massacres, including the one at Wounded Knee.

The film is centred around the events before, during and after this terrible occurance and focuses on the life of a member of the Lakota Souix tribe (played by Ada Beach) who was removed from his tribe as a teenager, educated in the east as a good white American and went to work in a resettlment camp in the west where the Lokota Souix, under their much respected chief Sitting Bull were located. He witnesses the bullying, humiliation and oppression endured by the native Americans and came to empathise with their plight but to no avail.

Beach and Aidan Quinn as a US senator and one of the masterminds behind the resettlement plan are excellent and the film potrays well the disintegration of the native American's way of life and a crime against humanity that is without precedence in the modern western world. It is dramatic, moving and deeply sad and only the remnants of these people exist usually in positions of inferiority or as tourist attractions for white Americans whose ancestors were responsible for putting them in this position in society.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another HBO classic 15 Feb 2008
This marvellous HBO feature has sneaked out onto R2 DVD almost unnoticed. This is a pity because it is a quite excellent film which depicts the tragic treatment of the native Indian Americans forced onto reservations in the 1870's. As such the overall story told is not dissimilar to that depicted in the equally engaging `Geronimo - An American Legend'. Eagle eyed viewers will spot the star of that film (Wes Studi) in a bit part in this feature, which centres on three main characters: a Senator trying to do his best for the Indians under the circumstances, a young native he has taken under his wing and who later returns as a Doctor to witness the reservation debacle for himself, and Sitting Bull - the last of the great native indian chiefs to surrender. The acting is first class throughout, particularly from the three lead actors. The widescreen transfer and sound are excellent and the film also has an endearing, atmospheric soundtrack. A must have for any fan of the western genre and particularly for lovers of those features which contain more fact than fiction. Extras are sparse but include two commentaries. Recommended viewing.
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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful
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I was hugely disappointed with this film. I've read the book many years ago and have recommended it to everyone I know. I've had to rebuy the book many times, as I've foolishly lent it out and never got it back. As for the movie, I cannot see the link with the book. It is also totally inaccurate. The movie starts with US cavalry attacking the camp site - they never made it that far at Big Horn, didn't even make it across the river. Eastman was never at it. He wasn't even Dawes right hand man. Sitting Bull never lashed his men. He also surrendered at Ft. Buford and not at Standing Rock. My biggest disappointment was that the Massacre of Wounded Knee was like an afterthought, as if the director finished filming and thought 'Ooops, we forgot Wounded Knee!' Nearly forgot to mention that the movie also gives you the impression that Sitting Bull died on the same day as the Wounded Knee Massacre. Sitting Bull was killed Dec 15 and the massacre occured 2 weeks later on the 29th.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
I watched the Video. The opening scene of an Indian riding a pony in the snow was impressive. The rest of the film was good but quite harrowing to think how the Americans treated... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Margaret Faure
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Heartbreaking to watch but ultimately a warning to us all. That they have survived is not only a miracle but also a tribute to the love of their people, country and culture.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
I bought this as a gift for my mum so didn't see it, but was told it was a 'beautiful film...very moving' and an absolute must see.
Published 2 months ago by Musicismylife
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and sad
I bought this dvd after watching it on more 4. This tells on one of the many incidents of genocide of Native Americans.
Great acting by all.
Published 5 months ago by I like music
4.0 out of 5 stars Good item
Shame what happened to the indians in America. Good DVD, but made me sad.

Unfortunately, I had to keep writing until the number of words on the review are met. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ricardo Consulini
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Haven't watched it as it's a present for my friend he is looking forward to watching it what more can I say
Published 7 months ago by dez
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical film
Everyone should see this film well made in the time they have to show what happened to the tribes in North America, Have read the book also which is a classic my father read this... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad
Was a lovely film but so sad. I need to watch it again once was not enough to drink it all i.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
this film tends to feature mainly around Sitting Bull rather than the story overall as was portrayed in the book
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
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