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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 8:33PM
Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeThis original movie from HBO Films is based on Dee Brown's famous book of the same name, stars Anna Paquin, Aidan Quinn, and Adam Beach, and was executive produced by TV veteran Dick Wolf.

Beach is sort of Hollywood's go-to-guy who portrays a Native American character in everything from John Woo's WIndtalkers to Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers. Now don't get me wrong, I think he's a good actor, but aren't there any other Native American actors out there who can step into roles like this?

The movie, like the book, is about the massacre at Wounded Knee, and the extremely heavy-handed attempt of the U.S. government to assimilate Native Americans and homogenize them, much like the Borg does on Star Trek:TNG.

They did this by moving them onto reservations and giving them "Christian" names, and allowing them to "hunt" for food ... by chasing penned calves around with a rifle. It's a heart-breaking and tragic story, and according to the creative team has ties to the current U.S. situation in Iraq.

Quote of the panel:
  • Anna Paquin: "Sadly, stories like this are not unique in the United States." She can act, and she's political. Watch out folks.
  • Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator and actor who has is always typecast as a hard-assed senator, admiral, and politician in general plays President Ulysses S. Grant. When aproached by executive producer Dick Wolf and asked if he wanted to play him, Thompson replied: "Not if I have to grow the damn beard."

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I Am Cheyenne

I love Adam Beach but there are SOOOOOOOOO many dynamic Native American actors who could play this role just as well or better. SO many names come to
mind I can't even begin to list them all. I would personally love to see a really good movie with ALL or least a whole lot, of the Native Americans who should've been in the movies about themselves years and years ago had the producers used a little common sense. Just my 2¢ worth.

January 13 2007 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"It's a heart-breaking and tragic story, and according to the creative team has ties to the current U.S. situation in Iraq."

...Because there's nothing like butchering literature, eh?

January 12 2007 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Speaking as a native american, I despise Beach. See the movie Johnny Tootall as a prime example of this mediocre actor that has been nominated by the media to represent all native american actors.

January 12 2007 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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