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Sioux City (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 17 April 1994 (USA)
A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Jolene Buckley (as Salli Richardson)
Melinda Dillon ... Leah Goldman
Lise Cutter Lise Cutter ... Allison
Bill Allen ... Dan Larkin
Apesanahkwat ... Clifford Rainfeather
John Dye ... Colin Adams
Gary Farmer ... Russell White
Ralph Waite ... Drew McDermott
Tantoo Cardinal ... Dawn Rainfeather
Michael Corbett ... Ray Dawes
Ronny Quintanar Jr. Ronny Quintanar Jr. ... Little Jesse
Jim Great Elk Waters Jim Great Elk Waters ... Redbow
Adam Roarke ... Douglas Goldman
Joseph Marcell ... Dr. Darryl Reichert
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A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse Rainfeather Goldman knows almost nothing of Native American traditions. He is doing his internship when he suddenly receives an amulet from the Lakota reservation in Sioux City. It is from his real mother. Jesse's curiosity is piqued, and he immediately travels to his birthplace to learn why she sent it. Unfortunately, by the time he arrives, his mother's body is discovered in the smoldering wreckage of her home. She was shot before she was burned. Jesse's investigation into her death is not welcomed by the local captain of police and his assistant. He is almost beaten to death but is saved by his grandfather, a shaman, and a Lakota woman. The newly healed Jesse begins to explore his tribe's customs. He then contacts his mother's spirit and she leads him to the film's conclusion. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Sometimes the most dangerous journey is into your past. See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ultimate Revenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Interesting Premise
18 May 2000 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Review of Sioux City, aka Ultimate Revenge

Lou Diamond Phillips is Jesse Rainfeather Goldman in this tale of a Sioux indian boy given up for adoption to become a casualty department doctor fostered by two Jewish parents in LA.

When he receives a letter and amulet from his birth mother on his birthday, he is bound to go and look her up in Nebraska, only to find she died under suspicious circumstances. He gets re-acquainted with his relatives, such as his medicine man grandfather and also with a girl working at the local store (Salli Richardson - allow me to pick up my tongue from my shoes, please... wow). All he can remember of his mother are flashes of memory, her giving him up, and her being knocked about by some faceless man.

After pressing his luck by trying to impress on the local chief of police that his mother's death wasn't an accident and picking up the chief's daughter (Lise Cutter), he gets followed around and is almost beaten to death by the local police hoodlums.

This is an interesting movie, even though it has all the production values of a movie of the week, made for tv, Canadian effort.

It's main thread is about an unsolved murder, but it is really about the multiplous ethnic/racial/national/religious/professional identities many of us juggle with in this modern world. Considering his biography, this might well be a crypto- biographical effort on the part of Lou Diamond Phillips, and why he might have taken on the project and directed it.

All in all, not a great movie, but not a really bad one either, and interesting for it's existential ideas and viewpoints, rather than it's thematic originality.


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