Last of the Dogmen
name = Last of the Dogmen
caption = Movie poster
Joel B. Michaels
Tom Berenger Barbara Hershey
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
September 8 1995
runtime = 118 mins
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:135024
imdb_id = 0113617
"Last of the Dogmen" is a 1995
filmabout the search for and discovery of a unknown band of Native American isolationist. The film stars Tom Berengerand Barbara Hersheywith supporting roles by Kurtwood Smith, Steve Reevis, Andrew Miller, Eugene Blackbearand Gregory Scott Cummins. "Last of the Dogmen" is written and directed by Tab Murphyand is rated PG by the MPAAfor language and violence.
The setting for the story is northwest
Montana, near the Idaho and Alberta, Canada borders; but it was actually shot on locations in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Banff, Alberta, Canada; and Yoho National Park, British Columbia.
Berenger plays a distraught but skillful bounty hunter Lewis Gates, who pursues three armed escaped convicts into Montana's Oxbow Quadrangle. All Gates finds is a few scraps of cloth, some blood, and an old-fashioned Indian arrow. He takes the arrow to anthropologist Lillian Sloane (Hershey) who indentifies it as a replica of the arrows used by
Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. Gates doesn't think it's a replica and, after some library research, develops a long list of people who have disappeared into the Oxbow and a story of a "wild child" captured in the woods in the early 20th century. Now he's convinced that the fugitives were killed by a tribe of Dog Soldiers, a hearty band of native Americans who had somehow escaped the 1864 Sand Creek massacreand survived for more than a hundred years secluded in the Montana Wilderness.
Gates convinces Sloane to join him in a search for the band. Just as they are preparing to return empty handed; the Dogmen surprise them, take them prisoner, and lead them back to the band's encampment, where they must convince the reclusive band's elders that they intend no harm. An immediate "salvation of one vs salvation of many" crisis situation gives them the opportunity to prove their honorable intentions but also threatens to attract the attention of the outside world.
Gates and Sloane soon realize they must protect the secret of the band's existance from the outside world, beginning with the local sheriff who is now leading a possee into the Oxbow in search of both the fugitive convicts and Gates.
Last of the Dogmen is Rated PG for adventure violence and mild language.
The American theatrical and home video releases of this film included narration by
Wilford Brimley, which is absent from the UK version. The DVD allows the viewer to choose.
This is one of the few Carolco productions whose rights have been retained by its original distributor (in this case,
Savoy Pictures). HBO currently distributes this for DVD.
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