This is for the DVD which was released 2005. The film itself was done in 1995, according to the ending credits although IMDB lists 1996. It stars
Farrah Fawcett as Dalva Northridge
Peter Coyote as Historian Professor Michael
Rod Steiger John Wesley Northridge II
It's a very sweet story, slow in a few places but with two great romantic scenes between Farrah Fawcett and Powers Boothe...though not on the level of scenes in 'A Breed Apart' and 'The Spree'. But still decent to watch.
The music is by Lee Holdridge which some might remember scored 'Beastmaster' . While it is haunting and beautiful and something like 'Little House on the Prairie' it gets a little repetitive after an hour or so.
It says on the back of the DVD case that 'in time Dalva's grandfather reveals the truth: Duane is Dalva's half-brother." while this is true, it isn't clear if Dalva ever knows this. Dalva's father had an affair with a young Lakota girl; in fact, people are having affairs with 'young Lakotas' all through this movie.
'Fifteen years later Dalva...and Duane reunite.' Actually it is SEVEN years later, and then fifteen years after THAT the story takes place in the present. 'He confesses that he is dying and wants to marry her before he dies...' well, not exactly.
Anyway, blonde blue-eyed (gag)Native Americans aside, the story I followed is that of adoption, the good side and the bad side. The story is left a little open-ended, we aren't sure exactly how it turns out but then, that's kind of like real life as well.
The real star in my opinion is the mansion. What a beautiful old place. Professor Michael (Peter Coyote in his best Kevin Costner lookalike role)is good for comic relief, but I liked him too as a secondary character. This movie could have been a good half hour shorter without missing much. There are some good Indian wisdom dialogue in it, for those (like me) who like such things.
Worth watching at least once especially for FF and PB fans, and for those interested in Native American history. I haven't yet read the book from which the film was taken, but it's on my list.