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on 25 June 2010
This is a very sweet movie that is interesting, gripping, has some mystery, romance, and is fine for the whole family. Highly recommended.

It has a lot of beautiful mountain scenery (I always love beautiful scenery) and two wonderful main characters. Tom Berenger is a grumpy, reclusive and rather shy tracker who get sucked into a very unusual quest -- to find a lost Native American Tribe. He is wonderful in his roll -- he does "grumpy but lovable" better than most other actors that come to mind.

Barbara Hershey is fantastic too. Beautiful, brainy, capable, dedicated and a perfect compliment to Berenger's character. I really admired her in this film.

Remember, you must suspend your sense of disbelief with some of the plot elements. We're not talking reality here, but delightful escape and fantasy. There's a little bit of "Lost Horizon" going on. (Which is a plus!) Lovely film, great ending. A big thumbs up.
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on 16 September 2008
I bought this because of existing reviews. It starts well, a few surprises, tense and taught. The story holds up. The leads play well off each other. It kept my attention for about the first 75 minutes...but then the ending feels rushed and chaotic which was shame because up until then it was very good. I have given it four stars but really i would give it 3.5.
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on 4 August 2009
Enchanting and exciting story of a rediscovered lost Indian tribe. Similar in style and content to the Jurassic Park films I thought - especially in the use of the stunning natural scenery.
If you like family action films/westerns or are even remotely interested in the history of native americans, then this film is well worth viewing. Acting was first class and the depiction of the Cheyenne custumes, weaponary & lifestyle was superb to witness.
A beautiful haunting score added to my personal enjoyment of this picture.
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This beautifully photographed film is set in modern day Montana, and the action takes place in the Oxbow Quadrangle, a stretch of wild country near Montana's borders with Idaho and Alberta in Canada. An expert tracker played by Tom Berenger is sent alone on a mission by the local police to recapture three armed and dangerous criminals who have escaped into the wilderness. But all he finds is a few bloody rags and an arrow. On returning to civilisation he researches the arrow and the history of the area which leads him to believe there is a tribe of Cheyenne Indians still living wild in those trackless wastes. So he sets off in search of them with an anthropologist played by Barbara Hershey. She is both attractive and happens to speak Cheyenne, so makes an excellent travelling companion. After a few scares they find the lost tribe and foster good relations. But their idyllic life could be shattered by a vengeful posse intent on finding them and discovering the secret. Will their discovery remain a secret?

The premise of the story that a group of Cheyenne Indians escaped from the Sand Creek massacre in 1864 and found refuge in the wilderness to remained undiscovered for 128 years is stretching credulity a bit. But then lots of films do. Its only a film after all and if it entertains us, then so what! Tom Berenger is very good as an old fashioned cowboy type who appears to have been born 100 years to late. His character reminds me of the hero from Louis L'Amour's Western book "The Last of the Breed". A man who is happier drawing his six shooter than his ipod or blackberry. The film itself is a reworking of James Hilton's "Lost Horizon". The setting of Shangri La being moved from a remote Himalayan kingdom to a remote North American valley. The cave that takes you into the lost valley is strongly reminiscent of that book as are the people uncorrupted by the modern world.

The Indians themselves are resplendent with feathered lances and painted ponies and adorned with the regalia of battle. The dog soldiers of the title were an elite warrior class within the Cheyenne. Young Cheyenne are still recruited into this soldier clan today. During the twentieth century they have fought bravely, as befits their ancestry, in most of the worlds major conflicts. The Indian actors in the film look as impressive as they must have been when the first white men saw them. A fearful thing of great beauty.

The film is worth watching for the scenery alone. It was filmed in beautiful locations around Mexico, Canada and the USA. It may seem a little over sentimental to some peoples tastes who may find the eco friendly approach a bit much to swallow. It is certainly a film suitable for the whole family. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Personally I like to think there are still people and places out there that are totally untouched by the influences of this modern world. For that reason I am happy to give this film a deserved four stars.
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on 23 December 2003
As a person who has always had a deep interest in Native American history and a person who enjoys nature, I truly loved this film. I was a year trying to find it, it was worth all the trouble.
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on 6 October 2012
This `fantasy' contemporary western is a very watchable film with much to like about it, not least being the beautiful, spectacular settings in which the filming took place. This is `Saturday afternoon at the pictures' stuff! Here we have a `big sky' movie - a good yarn, lots of `adventure' and a great musical soundtrack theme to boot; beautifully presented by no less than the London Symphony Orchestra.
A bounty hunter (Berenger) is persuaded to seek out three escaped convicts who are at loose in largely unexplored wilderness country. During the tracking he becomes aware of a `presence' accompanying the search. The convicts are slain by this unknown assailant(s) and the disturbed hunter, having by now superficial evidence of native Indian involvement, returns to report his findings to the local law enforcement office with a resolve to return to the wilderness to investigate further. He meets an anthropologist (Barbara Hershey), an expert on the Cheyenne Indian and who understands their language, but although doubtful, is persuaded to go with him. Together they discover a hitherto unknown Indian tribe living in an inaccessible area of the wilderness. They are captured, threatened, but eventually gain the confidence of their captors. I will not say more at risk of spoiling your possible enjoyment of this splendid movie. Have no doubt - this is a big production. The logistics of filming in this spectacular but rugged terrain must have been considerable. The film has its flaws, despite the big name lead roles. It is a highly implausible concept for a start. The script doesn't have a lot to recommend it and the acting is a bit wooden at times. Also included is a slight overdose of sentimentality from which the Cheyenne emerge noble. A touch of PC there I fancy! Having said that - the movie kept me on the sofa throughout and I enjoyed just under a couple of hours of satisfying entertainment. You can't ask more than that! I shall watch the film again soon. Give it a go !
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Last of the Dogmen is written and directed by Tab Murphy. It stars Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Kurtwood Smith and Steve Reevis. Music is scored by David Arnold and cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.

When three convicts escape from prison and head into the Montana mountains, the local law enforcer hires skilful tracker/bounty hunter Lewis Gates (Berenger) to go find them. What he finds is torn clothes, blood and an Indian arrow. After spying someone in the trees it leads Gates to an investigation on the possibility of a lost tribe of Cheyenne Indians living in the mountains.

A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Western, even if it's cribbing cliches from a number of films and TV episodes of the past. Formula of story is simple, grizzled tracker man Berenger and prim anthropologist Hershey are poles apart, but into the mountains they go in search of a hidden tribe of Cheyenne. That they find them is a given, since the title says it all, but what unfolds is a burgeoning relationship between the two, while much understanding and soul searching involving the "alien" Cheyenne makes for a good chunk of the narrative. There's observations galore in here about the advancement of time, different cultures etc, and a nod to the Sand Creek Massacre, while a back story sub-plot involving Kurtwood Smith is deftly handled; if a little redundant in the grand scheme of things.

Anyone who has seen the likes of The African Queen, Dances With Wolves and the Twilight Zone Episode: A Hundred Yards Over The Rim, wont be particularly surprised by what transpires in eventuality. But Berenger and Hershey make for a nice duo to be in the company of, while Kip the dog steals the film from both of them! Though story is set in Montana, film was shot on location in Alberta and British Columbia, and here is the film's trump card, where Lindenlaub's photography is quite simply stunning. In fact his work, and that of Arnold, whose score darts in and out of the landscape, deserves to be in an A grade movie. It rounds out as very watchable and professional picture that just about manages to sustain interest and good will for the two hours run time. 7/10
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on 19 November 2003
If you love Native Americans/their culture and a bit of modern day fantasy, you'll love this film. A great 'what if?' senario. Very authentic portrayal of the Sioux Indians.
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on 21 October 2006
A modern day fantasy that you'd wish would be true.

Follows in the same vein as Dances with Wolves and whilst this is a Native American theme it could apply to any 'lost' culture.

Slightly sentimental but doesn't detract from the storyline.

Watch and enjoy.
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on 18 December 2006
myself and girlfreind and 18yr old daughter really enjoyed this film it had action,humour,breath taking scenery and orginal story ,why it didnt make much money on realise is beyond me,and loved zip the dog in it who was in a pound and due to be put to sleep the next day before he was picked for the film,all in all a cracking film as say very underated and my girlfreind said could watch again which she never says about any other film
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