|Black Cloud 2004 PG-13, 95 min.|
Director: Rick Schroder
Cast: Eddie Spears, Julia Jones, Tim McGraw, Saginaw Grant, Branscombe Richmond, Rick Schroder, Nathaniel Arcand, Wayne Knight, Russell Means, Peter Greene, Pooch Hall, Tim Sampson, Sixx King, Joannelle Nadine Romero, Alimi Ballard
Although frustrated by problems concerning his heritage, Navaho Native American Black Cloud (Eddie Spears) does have talent as a boxer. His mentor, Bud (Russell Means), tries to steer him to a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, but success or failure hinges on Black Cloud himself learning to accept what is and go on with his life.
|Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 2007 TV, 135 min.|
Genre: Drama / Western
Director: Yves Simoneau
Cast: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, J.K. Simmons, Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Colm Feore, Gordon Tootoosis, Fred Dalton Thompson, Anna Paquin, Shaun Johnston, Wayne Charles Baker, Eddie Spears, Lee Tergesen, Tom Carey
This made-for-TV docudrama begins with the Sioux victory over General Custer and his troops at Little Big Horn in 1876 and follows through to the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee almost 15 years later. Several intervening stories are told including that of Charles Eastman (Adam Beach) a Sioux doctor working to improve the Native Americans' quality of life, Lakota chief Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg) proudly holding on to his land, and Henry Dawes (Aidan Quinn) who helped develop the U.S. government policy on Indian affairs. Observing from different perspectives, it becomes apparent that achieving assimilation proves to be a difficult process.
|Edge of America 2003 TV, 106 min.|
Director: Chris Eyre
Cast: James McDaniel, Irene Bedard, Tim Daly, Wes Studi, Delanna Studi, Misty Upham, Eddie Spears, Cody Lightning, Roger Willie, Christian Jensen, Geraldine Keams, Trini King
This film is based on the true story about Black high-school teacher Kenny Williams (James McDaniel) who accepts a job teaching English at Three Nations Reservation in Utah and then agrees to coach the girls' basketball team. He begins to fit into the tightly knit Native American community when his team rises in the standings to compete in the State Championships.
|The Slaughter Rule 2002 R, 112 min.|
Director: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith
Cast: Ryan Gosling, David Morse, Clea DuVall, David Cale, Eddie Spears, Kelly Lynch, Amy Adams, Ken White, Noah Watts, Kim DeLong, Geraldine Keams, Douglas Seybern, Cody Harvey, Melkon Andonian, J.P. Gabriel
When Junior Varsity Football is dropped from his Montana high school, Roy (Ryan Gosling) loses the one thing that makes his lonely life tolerable. Adding to his misery, his estranged father is killed in a train accident. Luckily, a middle-aged loner, Gideon (David Morse)–an ex-football coach and now a newspaper deliverer–is putting together a rough-and-tumble six-man football team, and Roy catches his eye. Gideon becomes a good substitute father for Roy, but their relationship grows more intimate.
|1. Black Cloud (2004)|
2. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007)
3. Edge of America (2003)
4. The Slaughter Rule (2002)
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