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Last of the Dogmen (Widescreen) [Import]

Tom Berenger , Barbara Hershey , Tab Murphy    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Despite an irritating, tacked-on voice-over narration that somebody must have thought was necessary to make sense of the story (it wasn't), Last of the Dogmen is actually a very moving and magical film. Tom Berenger plays a Montana bounty hunter who helps an anthropologist (Barbara Hershey) search for the descendants of a Cheyenne tribe who disappeared in the 1870s. What the two find in a remote mountain stretch is an entire community of Cheyenne who have kept themselves cut off from the modern world. A Dances with Wolves parallel emerges as the white outsiders gradually fit in, but Last of the Dogmen stands up just fine without comparison to any other films. As in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning movie, however, there are ways in which this film captures a similar sense of yearning, mystery, and loss. --Tom Keogh

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Gives Respect to My People Dec 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a First Nations woman from Canada, I have watched this movie dozens of times and it never fails to make me weep. This movie acknowledges the depth and width of all aspects of the once noble people of this land. The true serenity of giving is regarded. I applaud the movie developers. How authentic and wonderfully crafted a story of truth. This movie teaches my non-Native friends of who I am - in part. We are all in part seeking the full measure of who we are. Truly an inspiring and well crafted story.
Each time I watch this movie I am swept away by a somber reality, of mystery and a satisfaction of inner harmony of what it means to be First Nations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Western With A Century Old Feel May 24 2004
This review refers to the HBO DVD edition of "Last Of The Dogmen"...
"Last of the Dogmen" is a beautiful story that takes my breath away everytime I watch it. It's one of those films that even if you start out viewing it alone, pretty soon, you'll find the rest of the family gathered around simply because one glimpse of the scenery,one paragraph of the dialouge,one look at the story and it's got a hold on you.
It's a modern Western, with all the romantic adventure of one that may take place 100 years ago. Lewis Gates(Tom Berenger) is a bounty hunter hired to track three deadly criminals who have escaped deep into the "Oxbow" of the Montana wilderness. As he follows their trail, he begins to uncover a 100 year old mystery. One of the clues is an arrow that could only have been used by a tribe of Cheyennes that existed over a century ago.
He can't let go of what the possibilities may be and convinces the beautiful Dr Lillian Sloan(Barbara Hershey), expert in Native American culture, that there may be something incredible out there. Their search begins as they try to uncover the past, and what they find is a way of life too beautiful to be spoiled by modern day man and it is up to them to save it!
It's just an incredibly beautiful film that interweaves the search for the past with Gates' own ghosts from his past. The friendships formed,the evolving romance, the cinematogrpahy, the musical score, and the heartwarming story all combined for a wonderful film.
Even "Zip" the dog(played by "Zip"), will be tugging at your heart.Berenger and Hershey worked beautifully together, and Steve Reevis and other American Indian actors were not only wonderful but lent a great deal of realism and authenticity to the film...Bravo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected gem of a movie March 22 2004
When this movie was released in 1995 alongside other competition, it flopped due in part to it's main idea, a movie about Indians. But it was never given a fair shot and by this review I hope to change that. The basic plot of the movie is very simple but very interesting. What if there was a lost pocket of Cheyenne in the wilderness of the Northwest? This question brings together two very well developed characters, Tom Berenger as a lonely tracker/bounty hunter with his sidekick dog Skip, and Barabara Hershey, a professor of Native American history. A relationship builds between the two and they are taken in by the native Americans. But, they leave a trail, and are followed by the local sheriff who hates Gates (Berenger's character) and would love to see him in the slammer. A lot of effort and thought was put into this movie, making it not only epic and romantic but also thought provoking and insightful into what we can and should do for the Native Americans. The question I mentioned above is asked later in the film, answered and ends with one of the most spectacular conclusions rivaling that of the Shawshank Redemption. The musical score by David Arnold who has worked on many films including the most recent James Bond movies, is very sweeping and majestic with a lot of romance. I loved this film and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 14 2004
By A Customer
I had purchased the VHS of this movie on a whim, thinking my husband would like it. He likes anything "Western". I found myself totally absorbed in this movie. The theme was different than I expected, but I was not disappointed. I would recommend viewing this movie to anyone with an interest in the West and its history. Tom Berenger is one of my favority actors, anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Dogmen Feb. 12 2004
The first time I seen this movie, I was channel surfing and decided to watch it. I'm glad I did. I thought this movie was very good. I liked the narration and the story itself was very well told for being Fiction. The characters I found to be very likable, yes, even the dog. I found myself thinking that would be something great to have an adventure like they did. Anyone who did not like this movie has no imagination or sense of adventure themselves. In these days and in these times we need movies like this. Hats off to the actors and the story, and to whomever picked the location. Job very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie! Dec 11 2002
This movie just sort of snuck up on me. I was having a bad day, and it was on TV, so I thought I'd give it a chance. And it turned out to be *just* the thing to pick me up from my doldrums.
A very, VERY sweet movie that is interesting, gripping, has some mystery, romance, and is fine for the whole family. Highly recommended.
Beautiful 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 I can think of.
Barbara Hershey is fantastic too. Beautiful, brainy, capable, dedicated and a perfect compliment to Berenger's character. I really admired her in this film.
I won't reveal too much of the plot here, but it is a delightful film, and I highly recommend it. Maybe a little on the longish side, but I wouldn't have it any other way. One of my favorite movies to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IF...?
LAST OF THE DOGMEN is an exercise in "what if..." What if a band of Cheyenne in the late 1800's escaped soldiers in a last, desperate effort for survival, made it into... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry-a DOG of a movie
I love movies. I bought this movie because of the reviews here. I was all set to love this movie. Well, not too far into it I was bored, the dialogue was trite and only the scenery... Read more
Published on March 28 2003 by S. Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Kristen
I still do not own this movie but have rented it a few times and greatly enjoyed the story. One of the things I liked most about the movie was Tom Beringer's dog Zip, a... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't plan to like it but I did
A friend brought it over and I had it around for a couple of months before I watched it because the name didn't sound like anything I would like. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2002
This is simply a terrific movie that has it all, a wonderful cast, an intriguing story line, beautiful scenery, and an enjoyable soundtrack. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars For Berenger fans and lovers of good movies
Last of the Dogmen is the story of a trapper, played by Tom Berenger, who discovers a lost tribe of Cheyenne Indians. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by hrladyship
5.0 out of 5 stars Going native
The premise of this movie is just barely remotely plausible. What if there was a tiny lost tribe of Cheyanne Indians still subsisting somewhere way out in the forests of Montana? Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2002 by D. Roberts
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