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Into the West 

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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.
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Series cast summary:
Joseph M. Marshall Joseph M. Marshall ...  Old Indian / ... 6 episodes, 2005
Irene Bedard ...  Margaret Light Shines Wheeler 4 episodes, 2005
Gil Birmingham ...  Older Dog Star 4 episodes, 2005
John Terry ...  Older Jacob Wheeler 4 episodes, 2005
Ricardo Andres Ricardo Andres ...  Artillery Major / ... 4 episodes, 2005
Tonantzin Carmelo ...  Thunder Heart Woman 3 episodes, 2005
Tyler Christopher ...  Jacob Wheeler Jr. / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Rachael Leigh Cook ...  Clara Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Zahn McClarnon ...  Running Fox 3 episodes, 2005
Sheila Tousey ...  Older Thunder Heart Woman 3 episodes, 2005
Russell Means ...  Older Running Fox 3 episodes, 2005
Matthew Settle ...  Jacob Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Michael Spears ...  Dog Star 3 episodes, 2005
Skeet Ulrich ...  Jethro Wheeler 3 episodes, 2005
Raoul Max Trujillo ...  Red Cloud 3 episodes, 2005
David Midthunder ...  White Crow 3 episodes, 2005
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse ...  Sleeping Bear 3 episodes, 2005
Tinsel Korey ...  Bluebird / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Daniel Gillies ...  Ethan Biggs 2 episodes, 2005
George Leach ...  Loved by The Buffalo / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Warren Kole ...  Robert Wheeler 2 episodes, 2005
Eric Schweig ...  Sitting Bull 2 episodes, 2005
Jonathan Scarfe ...  General George Armstrong Custer 2 episodes, 2005
Christian Kane ...  Abe Wheeler / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Eddie Spears ...  Older Red Lance 2 episodes, 2005
Tatanka Means ...  Crazy Horse 2 episodes, 2005
Sage Galesi Sage Galesi ...  Margaret Light Shines / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Joshua Kalef ...  Ezra / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Serge Houde ...  Enoch Wheeler 2 episodes, 2005
Maureen Thomas ...  Margaret Wheeler 2 episodes, 2005
Samuel Patrick Chu ...  Jacob Wheeler Jr. / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Benjamin Smoke Benjamin Smoke ...  Abraham High Wolf / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Morris Birdyellowhead Morris Birdyellowhead ...  Good Shield 2 episodes, 2005
Summer Rae Birdyellowhead Summer Rae Birdyellowhead ...  Margaret Light Shines Wheeler, 8 yrs / ... 2 episodes, 2005
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An epic tale of two figures during the American colonization of the west, one white and the other Native American. Jacob Wheeler leaves his dull life behind to strike out west, while Loved By the Buffalo faces his destiny to try to fight a prophecy that his people will be wiped out by the settlers. Jacob marries Loved By the Buffalo's sister Thunder Heart Woman, uniting the two families while around them relations between the two races crumble. Written by rmlohner

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Official Sites:

Spielberg Films | TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sioux

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the West See more »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the series is also the title of the Oscar-winning original song by Annie Lennox, Fran Walsh and Howard Shore, which features in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). In that film Sean Astin', who plays 'Martin Jarrett' here, stars as 'Samwise Gamgee'. See more »

Quotes

Burnt by the Sun: [Naomi chants nursery rhymes to avoid going to bed with Praire Fire as the Cheyenne look on in confusion] He believes you channel evil spirits with these rhymes.
Naomi Wheeler: More like keeping evil spirits away...
Naomi Wheeler: [Looks at Praire Fire]
Naomi Wheeler: Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, But when she got there her cupboard was bare, So the poor dog had none.
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References The Last of the Mohicans (1992) See more »

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How to win a west, in six easy episodes
27 December 2005 | by flingebuntSee all my reviews

To tell the story of the "West" you have to cover a period as long as the life of one man, but no one person ever experienced everything. Instead this mini series tells the story of a family. Some reviews have said two families, one The Wheelers, Wheelrights from West Virginia and the Lokato Indians, but they are related marriage.

The problem with telling the story of the West is that most of time it was grueling hardship, and not exciting action. What was recorded in people's letters and journals were these simple hard facts of life, while the myth makers, story tellers and newsmen made the west something it never was.

So since "Dances with Wolves" historical westerns tend towards the slower pace of life of the time. Of course this is accompanied by sweeping panoramic camera shots and a stirring sound track.

It starts by telling the story in two ways, one from the point of view of "The White Man" and other in terms of dreams and mysticism of the Indian people. But it doesn't go behind the facade of Indian story telling methodology or stay true to that methodology.

It all adds up to slightly disappointing tale, yet one that manages for maybe the first time I know of, to personalize much of the story that made up "The West". From the trail blazers, to the cover wagons of the first settlers, to Californian gold rush, building the railroad, and of course the Indian wars and massacres.

This is perhaps a goal so high, that if the film makers failed to hit their mark, the achievement is still of note.


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