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Sacred Ground (1983)

In 1861 Oregon, a mountain man and his Native American wife live in a cabin built on a Paiute burial site, leading to a violent dispute with the local tribe.

Director:

Charles B. Pierce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McIntire ... Matt Colter
L.Q. Jones ... Tolbert Coleman
Jack Elam ... Lum Witcher
Mindi Miller ... Wannetta
Eloy Casados ... Prairie Fox (as Elroy Phil Casados)
Serene Hedin ... Little Doe
Vernon Foster Vernon Foster ... Wounded Leg
Lefty Wild Eagle Lefty Wild Eagle ... Medicine Man
Larry Kenoras Larry Kenoras ... Brave Beaver
Franklin Fritz Franklin Fritz ... Baby Colter
Danny Wilson Danny Wilson ... Lone Brave
Leslie Anderson Leslie Anderson ... Warrior
Ben Mitchell Ben Mitchell ... Warrior
Jerald Jackson Jr. Jerald Jackson Jr. ... Warrior
Ronnie Wilson Ronnie Wilson ... Warrior
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This movie tells the fact-based story of a mountain man and his Native American wife who happen upon a partially built cabin and finish it for their own home, not realizing that they occupy a sacred burial ground. A Paiute burial party clashes with the couple and in the ensuing skirmish, the wife is fatally wounded while in the middle of childbirth. Bitter over her loss and needing a wetnurse for his baby, he steals one of the Paiute women who had just lost a baby. In this modern version of Helen of Troy, the battle is on, as he takes on the whole band in a desperate attempt to survive. Written by Dale Roloff

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Born among the dead ... Claimed by a Paiute nation ... His child became sacred !

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am heiligen Grund See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiloquin, Oregon, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wilderness Family Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting and different ...................
13 August 2011 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

This story of a mountain man, his Indian wife, and their accidental violation of sacred ground, is both interesting and different. The movie has a gritty, authentic feel to it throughout. This really is minimalist entertainment, almost entirely filmed outdoors in southern Oregon. A couple of annoying glitches crop up, include disappearing and reappearing snow, and Indians who speak their native tongue or English at various times, without any rhyme or reason. Nevertheless, "Sacred Ground" is filled with authentic feeling characters, the standout being Jack Elam. Recommended for those seeking a story that you haven't seen before. - MERK


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