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War Party (1989)



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The town of Binger, Montana decides to re-enact the 1889 battle in which the whites massacred most of the Blackfoot Indians in this depressing and violent drama. The white mayor initiates the plan for the benefit of Labor Day tourists to the area predominantly populated by Native Americans. Things get out of control when a drunken white boy fires a loaded gun and kills a young Indian. Five Indian youths quickly avenge their friend's death and take to the woods. A racist posse shoots one and scalps another, and the Governor calls out the National Guard as the situation escalates out of control.


Billy Wirth
as Sonny Crowkiller
Kevin Dillon
as Skitty Harris
Tim Sampson
as Warren Cutfoot
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Jay Stivic
Kevin Howard
as Calvin Morrisey
M. Emmet Walsh
as Detweiler
Cameron Thor
as Lindquist
Jerry Hardin
as Sheriff
Kevin Major Boyd
as Calvin Morrisey
William Frankfather
as The Governor
Wayne Waterman
as George Duckworth
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Critic Reviews for War Party

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

The movie isn't so much dumb as it is irresponsible.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite its interesting depiction of modern Indian life, War Party is basically just another pursuit movie, no better or worse than the average.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

War Party would obviously dearly love to be a serious film.

October 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It is possible that the makers of the film wanted to make some kind of a more thoughtful statement. But the screenplay falls into such a predictable action formula that any original thought is ruled out.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Franc Roddam's War Party proves that practically any issue can be exploited for cheap sensationalism.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The film closes on a highly moralistic note, but many viewers may not make it through enough of this bloody film to get to Roddam's didactic message.

February 23, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for War Party

I finally found this online this morning and i tell ya... one of the hardest movies to find on the planet! If you ever get chance to have a look at this film i suggest to do so u wont regret it! Don't however look for over the top acting here but a very good st idea of oryline. The mayor and reservation leader decide in order to pull more tourists into the blackfeet reservation they come up with an idea to re-enact a battle between the U.s calvary and the Blackfeet indians starring any locals who want to participate. The tribal leader's son Sonny (Billy Wirth) and his best friend Skitty Harris ( Kevin Dillon) take part in the re-enactment and after one of the drunken men playing a u.s. cavalry uses live ammunition and kills one of the blackfeet youth sends Sonny and Skitty and their own formed War Party fleeing from the police, the army,and brings to surface hidden racial tensions that have been silently brewing through the years between the blackfeet people and the other townsfolks. A great little movie that shows the strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood yet showing how much racial tension unfortunatly still exists. If i ever find this on dvd or even vhs for that matter it will be a much welcome addition to the Kyle collection. A must see!

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


Quite interesting.

Leo L
Leo L

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