Movie Review Friday -- Thunderheart
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Based on real events of the 1970s American Indian Movement, director Michael Apted's Thunderheart stars Val Kilmer as an FBI agent with Sioux heritage dropped into a politically charged investigation. Graham Green costars as a tribal policeman and Chief Ted Thin Elk delivers a quirky performance that just might convince you that a Mr. Magoo-like spiritual adviser is exactly what’s missing from your life. Stark vistas of the badlands and South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation frame the reluctant cultural enlightenment of Kilmer's character, while pollution from uranium mining along the reservation's river emerges as a possible motive for murder.