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Director: Michael Apted     Starring: Peltier,Leonard
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40237661
UPC: 012236129035
UPC 14: 00012236129035
Category Keywords: Documentary  Injustice  Theatrical Release
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A shocking true portrait of American Injustice.
An examination of the true story of Native American Leonard Peltier, a man who claims to have been unjustly convicted of the 1975 murder of two FBI agents.
Editor's Note
In 1974, in a true incident, two FBI agents were killed in a gun battle that erupted on a reservation in Oglala, North Dakota. Leonard Peltier, a leader of AIM (the American Indian Movement) was convicted of the murders. However, existing evidence suggests that Peltier did not commit the crimes, and that his arrest may have been politically motivated. British director Michael Apted, known for his probing documentaries (the 7 UP series), explores this question through interviews with witnesses, judges, US attorneys, Peltier, and a mysterious figure named Mister X--who claims to be the person who shot the two FBI agents. Narrated by Robert Redford, who has long been associated with Native American causes, the film makes a strong case that Peltier should at least receive another trial. It also reconstructs the chaotic time before the incident, when division between two factions on the reservation created an atmosphere of sheer terror. Released shortly before THUNDERHEART, Apted's fictionalized portrayal of Native American life in the 1970s, INCIDENT AT OGLALA presents a disturbing examination of the mistreatment of American Indians, and like Apted's film CLASS ACTION, the film also examines the U.S. legal system.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/5/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1992
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 12903
Video UPC UPC: 00012236129035
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Leonard Peltier
Video Cast Info Robert Redford
Video Cast Info Maryse Alberti - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Michael Apted - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Redford - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Susanne Rostock - Editor
Plot Summary
INCIDENT AT OGLALA presents the controversial story of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier, who in 1975 was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents and sentenced to life in prison. Similar to Errol Morris's THE THIN BLUE LINE, the film carefully reconstructs the murders and offers damning evidence that the FBI railroaded Peltier into jail with falsified testimony, flimsy ballistics testing, and sleight-of-hand that turned a red and white van into a red pickup truck. The documentary was released just weeks before Apted's THUNDERHEART, a fictional portrayal of the life on the reservation in the 1970s.

Memorable Quotes

"The only thing I'm guilty of is struggling for my people."----Leonard Peltier to interviewer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Straightforward, meticulous documentary....INCIDENT AT OGLALA achieves what it set out to do..." 05/08/1992 p.C15

USA Today
"...Convincing..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 05/29/1992 p.5D

Los Angeles Times
"...INCIDENT AT OGLALA is an even-handed cry of outrage, a coolly passionate documentary that focuses a piercing ray of light on an American scandal..." 05/08/1992 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The documentary gives us a vivid picture of the Indian reservations of South Dakota....Peltier himself is one of the film's most convincing subjects..." 06/16/1992 p.47

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Peltier,Leonard
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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