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Wind River (1998) [Import]

Blake Heron , A Martinez , Tom Shell    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cross-cultural example Jan. 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This little known video is an excellent example of good cross-cultural story telling. It portrays both the Mormon and the Shoshoni cultures accurately and with respect. Unlike "Dances with wolves" which tells a similar story, the young man returns to his people. This has the benefit of being a true story. Scenery and photography are beautiful and make it a visually great movie for the old West. Good family entertainment with respectful approach to problem of inter-cultural identity and multi-cultural sensitivity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Wind River Dec 28 2003
Format:DVD
This an excellent movie. Blake Heron plays a supurb role as Nick Wilson. A. Martinez does an equally outstanding job as the Shoshone Warrior Moragoni. The Wind River tells the true story of Nick Wilson who lived among the Shoshone for a couple of years, and was one of the original rides of the pony Express. The live style and philosphy of Chief Washakie is told through the acting of Russell Means.
As a resident of the state of Wyoming the now home of the Wind River Reservation adn the Shoshone and Arapaho people I totally enjoyed the Wind River. I have this movie on VHS but now plan to purchase a copy on DVD.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  48 reviews
122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film loosely based on book "The White Indian Boy" Sept. 23 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a somewhat fictionalized account of the book about the true adventures of Nick Wilson called "The White Indian Boy" or "Among the Shoshones" depending on which edition you read. Both titles have the same text.
The book was more thorough and funnier but covers a longer time frame than this movie.
Basically, this movie describes the adventures of a 12 year old pioneer boy who runs away from his family and the drudgery of work on a frontier farm. He is lured away by Indians who promise him a horse if he will consent to be adopted by the Indian Chief's mother as the white child she dreamed she would have to replace the two other sons she has just lost.
He then lives and travels with the Shoshone Indians of Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho for 2 years. He becomes the adopted brother of the famous Chief Washakie and learns Indian skills from hunting to fighting.
Karen Allen, the best known actor in the film, is listed as the star but she really only has a small part. The main character is Nick Wilson with strong and authentic supporting roles by the Shoshone Indian actors. After 2 years, Nick returns home and meets up with his brother who has been searching for him all these years.
The main strength of this movie is the sympathetic portrayal of the American Indian. One weakness of this movie is that Indian life is idealized, much like Kevin Costner in "Dances With Wolves". The book does a much better job pointing out the bad as well as the good of Indian culture.
I would recommend this as a solid family film and would recommend reading the book after for a fuller and more true account.
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Entertainment Aug. 8 2003
By William Welch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This production is a pretty accurate depiction of a young pioneer boy's memoirs. The son of struggling Mormon immigrants, he chooses to spend a couple of years among the Wind River Shoshoni. The Shoshoni language is used to good effect. The filmmakers present the lives and values of traditional Shoshoni people in a good way. An excellent, honest introduction to Native cultures and traditions for people of all ages. The occasional lapses in production values can be forgiven in this positive and life-affirming film.
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Wind River Dec 28 2003
By Jeremy Morningstar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This an excellent movie. Blake Heron plays a supurb role as Nick Wilson. A. Martinez does an equally outstanding job as the Shoshone Warrior Moragoni. The Wind River tells the true story of Nick Wilson who lived among the Shoshone for a couple of years, and was one of the original rides of the pony Express. The live style and philosphy of Chief Washakie is told through the acting of Russell Means.
As a resident of the state of Wyoming the now home of the Wind River Reservation adn the Shoshone and Arapaho people I totally enjoyed the Wind River. I have this movie on VHS but now plan to purchase a copy on DVD.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cross-cultural example Jan. 11 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This little known video is an excellent example of good cross-cultural story telling. It portrays both the Mormon and the Shoshoni cultures accurately and with respect. Unlike "Dances with wolves" which tells a similar story, the young man returns to his people. This has the benefit of being a true story. Scenery and photography are beautiful and make it a visually great movie for the old West. Good family entertainment with respectful approach to problem of inter-cultural identity and multi-cultural sensitivity.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie is not like the book Sept. 11 2009
By Laura Green-kulcak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed the movie. However I wish that the person who wrote the movie stayed more true to the accounts in the book. At the end the White Indian Boy is seen rescuing a man and the man ends up being his own brother. That did not happen in the book. Same with the real Indian boy in the book, he did not die like the movie portrayed it. I don't understand why the writer of the movie changed things because the real story was to me much more interesting. I say this as the story is written by one of my family members. I wish people could just write the truth as it is and not change things according to what they think is interesting. The truth is much better than adding some fabrication to the story. I would have given a 5 star if it had followed the book exactly but the movie writer did not and to me he insulted our whole family by fabricating the truth. People who don't read the book will think all the events are true when they are not all true in the movie. If they do movies based on truth why not use all the truth. It is a deceiving practice that movie writers use. Gee stop that nonsense already, write the whole truth and nothing but the truth. How is this world ever going to change if people don't use the complete honest truth? Otherwise the movie was good.
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