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Children of the Dust 

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Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the U.S. Army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Sidney Poitier ...  Gypsy Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Michael Moriarty ...  John Maxwell 2 episodes, 1995
Joanna Going ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 1995
Hart Bochner ...  Shelby Hornbeck 2 episodes, 1995
Regina Taylor ...  Drusilla 2 episodes, 1995
Billy Wirth ...  Corby / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Shirley Knight ...  Aunt Bertha 2 episodes, 1995
Grace Zabriskie ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1995
Basil Wallace 2 episodes, 1995
Jim Caviezel ...  Dexter 2 episodes, 1995
Robert Guillaume ...  Mossburger 2 episodes, 1995
Farrah Fawcett ...  Nora Maxwell 2 episodes, 1995
John Pyper-Ferguson ...  Sonny Boy 2 episodes, 1995
Byron Chief-Moon Byron Chief-Moon ...  Chief Walks-The-Clouds 2 episodes, 1995
Kevin McNulty ...  Sheriff Harriman 2 episodes, 1995
Katharine Isabelle ...  Young Rachel 2 episodes, 1995
Mitchell LaPlante Mitchell LaPlante ...  Young Corby 2 episodes, 1995
Zachary Savard Zachary Savard ...  Young Dexter 2 episodes, 1995
Jesse Lipscombe ...  Clarence 2 episodes, 1995
Wilma Pelly ...  Nita 2 episodes, 1995
Lindsey Campbell ...  Miranda 2 episodes, 1995
Brent Stait ...  Ballenger 2 episodes, 1995
Charles Andre Charles Andre ...  Nez 2 episodes, 1995
Eric Keenleyside ...  Boss Beeson 2 episodes, 1995
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ...  Farmer Tully 2 episodes, 1995
Tom Schanley ...  Cavalry Officer 2 episodes, 1995
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ...  Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1995
Dale Wilson ...  Renfro 2 episodes, 1995
Crystal Verge ...  Mrs. Tibbens 2 episodes, 1995
Donna Belleville Donna Belleville ...  Mrs. Clarksdale 2 episodes, 1995
Michelle Thrush ...  Rainbow Woman 2 episodes, 1995
Edward C.K. Richardson III Edward C.K. Richardson III ...  Charlie 2 episodes, 1995
Joshua Myers Joshua Myers ...  Rachel's Child 2 episodes, 1995
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Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the U.S. Army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to that "good day to die". White Wolf, only a child, is one of the few survivors of the massacre of his tribe that day, and Gypsy brings him to live with the Maxwell family, where he grows up not fully Indian, and not really white, but a bit too close to Rachel, the Maxwell daughter. Gypsy now reappears, leading a group of Black settlers from the post-Civil War South to start a new life in a town of their own - Freedom in the Oklahoma Territory, its first black settlement. White Wolf (or Corby as a "white" name) is now with his people, but all of these parts come back together in conflict, violence, loss, and Pyrric triumph. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Day to Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This movie first aired on television less than one week after Sidney Poitier celebrated his 68th birthday. See more »

Quotes

Gypsy Smith: What good is revenge? It don't make a man feel any better. I ain't got no more stomach for it.
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Sidney Poitier fights for justice
17 May 2019 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

It's the 1880's. Sidney Poitier plays a bounty hunter named Gypsy Smith, half of African American, half of Cherokee descent. He helps African American settlers to find a new home in the town of their own- Freedom in the Oklahoma territory. The local KKK tries to prevent their plan with their mindless cross burnings and killings. Meanwhile Rachel Maxwell is madly in love with the Cheyenne boy, White Wolf, who was brought to live with the family by Gypsy. Children of the Dust (1995) is a two-part western miniseries directed by David Greene. It shows us what racism looked like in the old west in a touching way. What the Ku Klux Klan does here is really heartbreaking and causes anger in the viewer. Sidney Poitier, now 92, gives a very strong performance as the aging gunslinger. There's certain sweetness between the scenes of Gypsy and the schoolteacher Drusilla, wonderfully played by Regina Taylor. Joanna Going is superb as Rachel and Billy Wirth is terrific as Corby/White Wolf. There is a great deal of eroticism and romance in many scenes between them. Michael Moriarty is fantastic as John Maxwell and so is Farrah Fawcett as his wife Nora. Hart Bochner is scary good as the villain Shelby Hornbeck. There are also talents like Shirley Knight, James Caviezel and Robert Guillaume in the movie. I recommend you take a look at this miniseries when you get a chance. At least I was moved by it.


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