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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R20164
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Rowland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2010
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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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201 of 207 people found the following review helpful By Lily on 9 July 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 3 July 2010
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Based on the book by Dee Brown, `Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee' is a dramatised account of the final days of the native American Indian in which they had semi-independence and autonomy over their own affairs on large areas of reservation land set aside by the American government.
Set between 1876 and 1890 the film chronicles the final moments of the battle of Little Bighorn, to the assassination of Chief Sitting Bull and the massacre of hundreds of innocent Indian men women and children by the 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek fourteen years later.
The story is part told through the experiences of Charles Eastman a Sioux Indian who after his father converted to Christianity was taken from his native tribe as a young boy and sent away to be educated and brought up as an American citizen. Now qualified as a doctor Charles is championed by Senator Henry Dawes as to how Indians can be assimilated into western life, and after gold is discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota deep within Indian territory, Charles is hired to advise Dawes on how to redraw previously agreed Sioux territorial boundaries so that a rail-road can be laid to create a large scale mining operations. The film then chronicles how the government repeatedly forced the Indian people into accepting unfair deals for their land and banned then from hunting until they were forced into living in state run reservations where they were stripped of their cultural identity and dignity and forced to live, work, dress and attend church as westerners.
I'm not a particularly big fan of westerns, but this is a great story, well up to the usual high standard of HBO productions with good direction and universally first-rate performances from the entire cast; and although somewhat depressing it's an enlightening look at a dark and often veiled part of American history.
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