Hostiles

Hostiles

DVD - 2018
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In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Publisher: [Willowdale, Ontario] : Universal Studios Canada, ©2018.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.

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miyoch
Jun 22, 2018

The movie is very slow.

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bitsysmom
Jun 18, 2018

I was bored. Shut it off.

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Dr_Alex
Jun 17, 2018

Rosamund Pike is superb and the sociopolitical message of the movie quite clear. But the most notable takeaway from the movie may be that while the gay 90s were in full swing elsewhere from New York to Paris, the 1892 mountain states were an extremely savage and brutally lawless part of the world.

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ba_library
Jun 17, 2018

Good film, but very, very slow moving. It is a Western but has underlying contemporary social, moral, and racial issues. Christian Bale plays a Captain in the military, former U.S. Civil War veteran now (1892) working in New Mexico where he is tasked to escort a dying Cheyenne (I think) Indian Chief and his family to their homeland in Montana. They quickly meet up with a woman whose family has been killed by Comanche Indians and she joins them dubious of the Native Americans in the group. They all find a common ground in their pain and grief and need for survival in hostile lands with hostile people. The actors are great and there is plenty of action but the story moves so slowly . . . the scenery is beautiful. The film starts with a quote by D.H. Lawrence “The essential American soul is hard, stoic and a killer. It has never yet melted.”

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CA1642
Jun 15, 2018

If you are looking for a cheesy western with lots of "action", this is not it. I might recommend the Hateful Eight for those needing non-stop "thrills" to stay interested.

If you want something that is truly authentic to the cultures of various Native American tribes, authentic to the time frame that it was set in, and will make you think harder about how it translates to our current culture of "hate your neighbor who is different" then this is a movie for you. The actors are spot on. You become invested in so many different characters in this movie, and their eventual fates.

It is beautifully done on so many levels, and I would definitely choose to watch it again. This one will make it into my personal video collection.

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MovieLover_47
Jun 14, 2018

Let me start by saying I am a big western movie fan. I had high hopes for this film partly due to the cast: Wes Studi, Christian Bale, Adam Beach and Rosamund Pike.
It started off well enough but after 25 minutes it started to drag and remainded slow until the end. The action scenes were not well spaced. A lot of scenes could have and should have been left on the cutting room floor.
The script was not at all very tight.
It was well photographed, as good westerns usually are. The landscape should be made a part of the story without dominating the picture. The soundtrack was all right.
The acting was fine; not the greatest but good.

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wolverine38
Jun 08, 2018

Probably thee most boring and dull western films I have ever seen in my life. Fell asleep several times, then finally turned it off.

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DHahn
Jun 08, 2018

Home run of a movie: acting by the entire cast ("Tommy" is particularly amazing), soundtrack does it's job well, directing, epic photography. The film's enormous efforts to be as authentic as possible leads to a compelling story. Funny how much it is like today: the worst "Hostiles" are the property owners who kill the innocents at the end. The film directs us to remember what Chief Sealth said about how no one can own the land, the water, the air. Beautiful job.

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llm1
Jun 05, 2018

Saw this movie when it was in the theatre and thus will be watching it again. For me, this movie was truly indeed a masterpiece of film making in every way possible and on so many levels. This was indeed an "Eyes to see and ears to hear" experience. Thank you Library for allowing this for your shelves as it is truly educational if we are all willing to listen and learn from.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 02, 2018

Praised by Native Americans for realistic portrayal of Native Americans and accurate language. I remember seeing "Little Big Man," which is probably the first American film with significant realistic portrayal of Native Americans. Prior to films like this, Native Americans were usually portrayed by whites with red make-up and unauthentic subject content. This film is not for those seeking a lot of action and shooting every ten minutes. I was surprised to learn that Peter Mullan and Scott Wilson were in the film. An important film in today's atmosphere of white nationalism.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

The soldier:
I was fighting for the Grays. You know, if you sign up to be a soldier... it's your job. But if you don't do your job, then you're lying in a heap like DeJardin. And you remember that. You know, I've killed everything that's walked or crawled. Men. Women. Children. All colors. If you do it enough... you get used to it. It doesn't mean a thing. That's what I'm afraid of. What you don't get used to is...
Is losing men. I've lost a lot of men.
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I saw what happened to the 4th when Yellow Hawk and his dog soldiers got done with them. And there wasn't a...
-(CHUCKLES)
Don't you dare laugh. There wasn't enough left of those poor men to fill a slop pail. Understand... When we lay our heads down out here, we're all prisoners.
I hate them. I got a war bag of reasons to hate them.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

One type of hostiles:
Reckon they're lucky it was no Comanche raping them. They'd cut them stem to stern. I once knew a woman down in Texas whose nose was burnt clean to the bone. Flesh gone. Nostrils wide open. Then they cut her beau's sack off, too, and stuffed his testicles in his mouth while he was squirming around.
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Those folks in the Indian Bureau ought to come out here and spend a few weeks at Fort Winslow or on a reservation.The sickness, the starvation, the conditions those poor souls have to live under is nothing short of inhumane.
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We think, but, like ants, they just keep coming.
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They're human beings. They deserve to be treated as such. And need I mention
they were here first?

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

Something tells me you ain't got the nerve to fire that, woman.
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Where we come from, Natives ain't got no rights.
-President's orders. There ain't no writing on no paper, president or not, can tell me what I can and can't do on my property.
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Sometimes I envy the finality of death. The certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I'm weak. We'll never get used to the Lord's rough ways, Joseph.
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Who've you become, Joe? Letting me die by the gallows, and saving this savage. I mean... You ain't who I thought you was. I would've died for you. And my brothers-in-arms did die for you.

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