|Directed by||Chris Eyre|
|Produced by||Carl Bressler|
|Written by||Sherman Alexie|
|Music by||BC Smith|
|Editing by||Brian Berdan|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Running time||Approx 89 min. Chris Eyre (b 1968 in Portland Oregon) an enrolled Cheyenne / Arapaho, is an award-winning film director and producer David Skinner (born January 1946 is an American Film producer. Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr (born October 7, 1966) is an award-winning and prolific Author and occasional Comedian. Adam Ruebin Beach (born November 11, 1972) is a Golden Globe nominated Canadian Actor of Saulteaux descent Evan Tlesla Adams (born November 15, 1966) is a Canadian actor playwright and medical doctor Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American characters in a variety of films Gary Dale Farmer (born June 12, 1953) is a Canadian actor Farmer was born in Ohsweken Ontario into the Cayuga nation and Wolf Tantoo Cardinal (born July 20, 1950 in Fort McMurray, Alberta) is a Canadian film and television actress Brian Berdan is a Film editor with several high-grossing films to his name The year 1998 in film involved some significant events Events February 14 - Sharon Stone marries Phil Bronstein|
Smoke Signals (1998) is an independent film directed by Chris Eyre. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States The year 1998 in film involved some significant events Events February 14 - Sharon Stone marries Phil Bronstein An independent film, or indie film, is a film that is produced outside of the Hollywood Studio system, a series of oligopolistic practices by several Chris Eyre (b 1968 in Portland Oregon) an enrolled Cheyenne / Arapaho, is an award-winning film director and producer The film was adapted from several characters and short stories in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, including This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, but also from Sherman Alexie's other works. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a 1993 collection of interconnected short stories by Sherman Alexie. Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr (born October 7, 1966) is an award-winning and prolific Author and occasional Comedian. The film has the distinction of being the first motion picture with an exclusively Native American creative team. Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States It was the first movie written, directed, acted and produced by Native Americans, and distributed by a major motion picture distributor, Miramax. It won several awards and accolades, and was well-received at numerous film festivals. It is rated PG-13 for "Some intense images" by the MPAA.
The story centers around Victor Joseph (Adam Beach) and Thomas Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams) on the Coeur D'Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho. Adam Ruebin Beach (born November 11, 1972) is a Golden Globe nominated Canadian Actor of Saulteaux descent Evan Tlesla Adams (born November 15, 1966) is a Canadian actor playwright and medical doctor The Coeur d'Alene Reservation, located in northwestern Idaho, USA, is home to the Coeur d'Alene peoples Plummer is a city in Benewah County, Idaho, United States. The population was 990 at the 2000 census. The State of Idaho ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. Thomas is the eccentric tribe storyteller and Victor is an assertive basketball player with a brooding disposition. In popular usage eccentricity refers to unusual or odd Behavior on the part of an individual
The two young men are linked through Victor's father, Arnold (Gary Farmer). Gary Dale Farmer (born June 12, 1953) is a Canadian actor Farmer was born in Ohsweken Ontario into the Cayuga nation and Wolf Arnold rescued Thomas as an infant from a house fire that killed his parents. Consequently, Thomas considers him a hero. On the other hand, Victor, who endures Arnold's alcoholism, domestic violence, and eventually abandonment, regards his father with both deep love and bitter resentment. Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Domestic violence (also known as domestic abuse or spousal abuse) occurs when a family member partner or ex-partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate Thomas and Victor grow up together as neighbors and acquaintances, fighting with each other and simultaneously forming a close, albeit uneasy, alliance.
When Arnold dies in Phoenix, Arizona, where he has settled after separating from Victor's mother Arlene (Tantoo Cardinal), Victor and Thomas embark on a cross-country journey to retrieve his ashes and belongings. Phoenix (ˈfiːˌnɪks O'odham Skikik, Yavapai Wasinka, Western Apache Fiinigis, Navajo Hoozdo, The State of Arizona ( is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Tantoo Cardinal (born July 20, 1950 in Fort McMurray, Alberta) is a Canadian film and television actress Cremation is the act of reducing a Corpse by burning, generally in a crematorium furnace or crematory fire The trip turns out to be a soul-searching endeavour for both men. Neither of them lose sight of their identity as "Indians", but their perspectives differ. Victor is more stoical and pragmatic, and Thomas is more idealistic and traditional (and romantic to the point of watching the feature film Dances with Wolves countless times). Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic philosophy, was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early third century BC Dances with Wolves is a 1990 Epic film which tells the story of a United States Lieutenant who travels to the American Frontier to find a military post This dichotomy continues all through the film and is the source of Victor's irritation with Thomas, and Thomas's fascination with Victor.
Once in Phoenix, Victor must confront his conflicted feelings toward his father, as well as his own identity. He also must grapple with information provided to him by his father's friend, Suzie Song (Irene Bedard); namely, the true origins of the fire that killed Thomas' parents. Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Native American characters in a variety of films Arnold, drunk one night, accidentally shot off a firework into the living room window, causing the fire in his neighbors house. The trip turns out to ultimately cure Victors brooding disposition towards life and shows him why his father became an alcoholic, was abusive, and eventually left their family. The film concludes with Victor achieving a better understanding of Thomas and Thomas' unconditional reverence for Arnold.