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I found this movie to be incredible - I love movies based on true events. It relates the story of a New York woman who goes west to try and paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. She changes her name to Catherine Weldon and becomes a confidante of Sitting Bull. She is active in Native American rights and helps Sitting Bull understand the true nature of the government’s intent after the Battle at Wounded Knee. The acting is superb. I highly recommend this film - it acquaints you with a woman who was an advocate for the rights of Native Americans.
Best movie I've seen in a long time. I enjoyed it very much.
A touching portrayal of the last of the Lakota Nation. Honest without being garish or gruesome.
Well done ✔
A factual story I'd never run across. The lady that brought it to film took several liberties in the tale, but worth my time for the educational aspect. The European white men that came to America ruled with incredible greed & a sense of total entitlement. Shameful behavior then and now - we just never learn.
This was a very good movie as well as being educational. They were not dumb Indians and we took their land. They are getting even now with their casinos. Becoming wealthy and most Tribes are using the money to the advantage of those that are Indians.
Wow! this true story is filled with inaccurate "facts", including the name of the artist this film is based on. LOL The film liner calls her Catherine but she really was "Caroline Weldon a Swiss-American artist and activist with the National Indian Defense Association. Weldon became a confidante and the personal secretary to the Lakota Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull during the time when Plains Indians had adopted the Ghost Dance movement". Is there ever going to be a Film from the U.S. that will be a Truthful story of Native Americans, or will the U.S. always be afraid of the truth? Michael Greyeyes, a Saskatchewan Cree, does a great job in this film, and is close to the age Tatanka Iyotake was. Native Americans can not help it if they look younger then Europeans. LOL Of course many people have never even looked up the facts, they just make statements disguised as facts to promote racism. Watch the film and decide for yourself, but remember to look up the facts.
I found this movie both interesting and biased. The only real accurate portrayal of history were the names of the individuals involved. The actor who portrayed Sitting Bull was fairly young looking which in no way resembled the real Sitting Bull who was almost difficult to look at in fact. The beautiful actress who portrayed the artist/activist looked nothing like the person she was portraying, who was actually unattractive, dowdy, and difficult to deal with. The events that occurred when Sitting Bull was killed were accurate only to the extent that the reservation police were sent to arrest him. He did not calmly comply, he vehemently resisted and fought with the police who shot him during the struggle. He was no mere victim in real life. He and his tribe murdered hundreds of white settlers hoping to stop them from settling the land. Wounded Knee was an unfortunate event in history and was doubtlessly a mass revenge killing.
I enjoyed the movie. It was so very sad. It's hard to look at some of our history. It reminded me how cruel and greedy some people are.
Boring and uninspired movie making: almost no scenes of the untouched wilderness; about 10 seconds of Jessica Chastain bonding with Native women; a very uncharismatic Michael Greyeyes as Sitting Bull. Virtually nothing is shown that makes the viewer sympathetic to the Lakota people. It seems like a lot of this must have been cut out to make the movie come in at 100 minutes but I would much rather have seen a longer movie that had these crucial elements left out. Even the aftermath, Wounded Knee, is summed up in just one sentence before the end credits.
Great movie, plausible, romantic and pro-justice.....Jessica C is a truly great actor/actress, whatever the politically correct word is this minute....and the rest of the cast is superb as well....great movie....
Unearthed from history, this is the true tale of a female artist and activist who defied gender stereotypes, setting off alone to find and paint Sitting Bull, one of the last Sioux Lakotan chiefs. Some sharply funny moments highlight cultural differences. This is a well-done addition to Native American history told with less bias. Both the lead actors are graceful and believable in their roles: Jessica Chastain as Catherine Weldon, Michael Greyeyes (a native Cree) as Sitting Bull. Weldon never gave up on being an advocate for Native American rights. Note: occasional use of Lakotan with subtitles.
I found this movie on the shelves at the library and thought it looked interesting. It was, indeed, a really good movie. I'm so glad I didn't read the previous comments before I saw it, since some people find a need to tell what happens. I don't like to know what happens, especially an ending, before I watch something.
Very impressive film. I commend the actor who played Sitting Bull. Story was based on actual events and gives us a glimpse of the mistreatment of the Sioux and other Indian bands by the US government.
Caroline Weldon did indeed travel to the camp of Sitting Bull in 1889 and was active in efforts to prevent Native Americans from losing their land. She had joined NIDA, the National Indian Defense Association, and embarked on a quest to aid the Sioux in their struggle to fight the US government’s attempt under the Dawes Act to expropriate vast portions of the Great Sioux Reservation. The intent of the law was the creation of the two new states of North Dakota and South Dakota by opening the land for white settlement. In the summer of 1890 the Ghost Dance Movement swept through the Indian Reservations of the West. It was believed that the dancing would remove the white invaders from Indian land and restore life as it had been. Caroline denounced it and warned Sitting Bull that it would give the government an excuse to harm him and to summon the military for intervention which would result in the destruction of the Sioux Nation. Sitting Bull turned against her and she decided to leave. The subsequent events of Sitting Bull’s murder and the Wounded Knee Massacre the following December proved her right, adding to her sense of futility and failure. "Woman Walks Ahead" takes these facts and creates a different story line. It reminded me of "Cheyenne Autumn", a 1964 film starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. It tells the story of a factual event, the Northern Cheyenne Exodus of 1878-9 where Native Americans left the starvation and epidemics on the reservation and attempted to return to their ancestral lands. I saw this film 54 years ago and obviously never forgot it. Despite the deviation from history, I found the characters and the spirit of the films to be very compelling. I highly recommend this film especially for its portrayal of the dignity and strength of the Native Peoples. Kristi & Abby Tabby
Watch this historic drama if you like to learn what led up to events described in the epilogue at the end of the film:
When Rico began to dance, the Lakota people took it as a sign from god and fled into the Badlands. They were chased for two weeks by the 7th Cavalry. Eventually they were caught at a creek called Wounded Knee (December 29, 1890.) Three hundred men, women and children were gunned down. The US government disregarded the vote and forced the Allotment Treaty into law, seizing more than half of Sioux territory, destroying forever the ancient Lakota way of life. Catherine Weldon's portrait of Sitting Bull now hangs in the State Historical Society museum in Bismarck, North Dakota. She remained a champion of Native American rights.
Wow. This movie turned out waaaaaayyyy better than expected. OK, Jessica Chastain has a habit of turning so-so scripts into great movies, but this is a very well made movie. Great performance by all the actors, close to the true events, excellent cinematography, excellent directing and editing, and on and on. I love the costuming and set designs too.
The script is well written so the dialogue really carry the story well. There were some minor street violence which, though not always nice to see, was appropriate for the story. The actor who played Chief Sitting Bull is actually from Saskatchewan. Great actor with impressive presence. I'm sure we'll see more of him in other roles in the future.
I like that this movie uses real natives for the roles of 'Indians'; none of that fake white-person-with-makeup-to-look-native thing. The ending was true to real events.
This is another one that is not to be missed...unless you prefer superficial, lousy dialogue movies.