Children Of The Dust

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Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the U.S. Army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to that “good day to die”. White Wolf, only a child, is one of the few survivors of the massacre of his tribe that day, and Gypsy brings him to live with the Maxwell family, where he grows up not fully Indian, and not really white, but a bit too close to Rachel, the Maxwell daughter. Gypsy now reappears, leading a group of Black settlers from the post-Civil War South to start a new life in a town of their own – Freedom in the Oklahoma Territory, its first black settlement. White Wolf (or Corby as a “white” name) is now with his people, but all of these parts come back together in conflict, violence, loss, and Pyrric triumph.

ACTORS : Sidney Poitier, Michael Moriarty, Joanna Going, Hart Bochner

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1995

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Children Of The Dust, Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the U.S. Army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to that “good day to die”. White Wolf, only a child, is one of the few survivors of the massacre of his tribe that day, and Gypsy brings him to live with the Maxwell family, where he grows up not fully Indian, and not really white, but a bit too close to Rachel, the Maxwell daughter. Gypsy now reappears, leading a group of Black settlers from the post-Civil War South to start a new life in a town of their own – Freedom in the Oklahoma Territory, its first black settlement. White Wolf (or Corby as a “white” name) is now with his people, but all of these parts come back together in conflict, violence, loss, and Pyrric triumph.

Great Cast, Great Scenery, Great Performances

Children Of The Dust. I am a big fan of this film and found the TV mini series “Children of The Dust”, Sidney Poitier only shows he gets better with age, the talent just keeps growing the chemistry between his character of Gypsy Smith and Regina Taylor were wonderful viewing. I also enjoyed the Billy Wirth/Joanna Going story line, they seems to play off each other well.

Billy Wirth is of course the “Model of Indian Vision”. The look, the attitude, the dream of every woman who was wanted to be carried off in one of those romance novels by a native hero. Worked for me also.

Much more could have been done with this story line but it did give the viewer a brief glimpse of racial problems back in the 1880’s, white take over of native schooling, lack of Black pioneers to setup towns in the west. Michael Moriarty (Maxwell) as always a great actor comes across as a very caring and confused teacher, not sure if the “whites” should be interfering with native culture.

For anyone who enjoys characters and watching them change this film is for you. I thought the chemistry between Poitier’s character and that of the orphan Whitewolf very moving and thought Wirth and Poitier worked very well together. Billy Wirth did some of his best scenes when working with Poitier.

Going got on my nerves sometimes when you want to just stop and shake her or give her a ” wake-up and grown-up” call. But on the whole it was a great evening of entertainment.

Bronco Billy

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