Last of the Dogmen

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Last of the Dogmen
Lastofthedogmanmp.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTab Murphy
Produced byJoel B. Michaels
Written byTab Murphy
Narrated byWilford Brimley
StarringTom Berenger
Barbara Hershey
Music byDavid Arnold
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Editing byRichard Halsey
StudioCarolco Pictures
Distributed bySavoy Pictures
(North America)
Pathé
(International)
Release dates
  • September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$7,024,389[1]
 
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Last of the Dogmen
Lastofthedogmanmp.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTab Murphy
Produced byJoel B. Michaels
Written byTab Murphy
Narrated byWilford Brimley
StarringTom Berenger
Barbara Hershey
Music byDavid Arnold
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Editing byRichard Halsey
StudioCarolco Pictures
Distributed bySavoy Pictures
(North America)
Pathé
(International)
Release dates
  • September 8, 1995 (1995-09-08)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$7,024,389[1]

Last of the Dogmen is a 1995 Western adventure film written and directed by Tab Murphy and starring Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey. Set in the mountains of northwest Montana near the Idaho and Canadian borders, the film is about a bounty hunter who pursues escaped convicts into a remote region and encounters an unknown band of Dog Soldiers from a tribe of Cheyenne Indians. The film was shot on location in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.[2]

Plot[edit]

Distraught but skillful bounty hunter Lewis Gates (Tom Berenger) pursues three armed escaped convicts into Montana's Oxbow Quadrangle, followed by his faithful companion called Zip, an Australian cattle dog. 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 (Barbara Hershey) who identifies 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 hardy band of native Americans who had somehow escaped the 1864 Sand Creek massacre and survived for 128 years secluded in the Montana Wilderness.

Gates convinces Sloane to join him in a search for the band. The two enter the Oxbow and begin to search. They survive many mishaps and bond throughout their journey, eventually reaching beyond the deepest Gates has ever ventured into the wilderness. Nearing the end of their supplies, Sloane suggests heading back. As the two are packing their gear, they are suddenly attacked by Cheyenne Indians. Sloane, speaking the Cheyenne language, deescalates the situation and the two are taken captive by Yellow Wolf (Steve Reevis). Taken to the Cheyenne encampment hidden behind a waterfall, the duo meet the village leader Spotted Elk (Eugene Blackbear), who tells them of the escape and salvation of the Cheyenne 128 years ago.

Gates and Sloane slowly become friendly with the Cheyenne. However, Yellow Wolf's son is sick, wounded after the gunfight with the convicts. Despite the elder's concerns, Sloane convinces Yellow Wolf to allow Gates to ride into town to obtain medicine. In town, after Gates robs the pharmacy, he is chased by local law enforcement, including Sheriff Deegan (Kurtwood Smith). After escaping, Gates meets Yellow Wolf in the wilderness and they return to the Cheyenne camp. By this time, the Sheriff has gathered a posse and sets out to hunt down Gates.

Gates and Sloane continue to grow closer to the Cheyenne, and Sloane discloses that they are indeed the last of their kind. However, Yellow Wolf shows Gates that the Sheriff is following his trail and is slowly getting closer to the encampment. Knowing that if discovered, the Cheyenne will fight and die, Gates proposes a solution; using some left over TNT he'll create a distraction and allow the Cheyenne to flee deeper inside the Oxbow and live in peace, far away from civilization. Sloane decides to stay with the Cheyenne. Gates reluctantly allows her to stay. The two share a passionate kiss and Gates begins to set up his plan. Gates gives himself up to the Sheriff, and pleads with him to leave the wilderness. However, the Sheriff discovers the hidden tunnel and prepares to enter it. Escaping, Gates attempts to light the TNT with a rifle, but the Sheriff stops him and threatens him with a gun to his head. Yellow Wolf appears, surprising the Sheriff, fires an arrow at the TNT setting it off. Gates and the Sheriff are propelled out of the tunnel into the waterfall. Gates saves the Sheriff, who is badly wounded. The Deputy tells everyone to clear out, and they are headed back to town to treat the wounded Sheriff and Gates. In his holding cell, the Sheriff confronts Gates about what he saw. Gates relents, and says there are some things that don't need an explanation. Sloane and the Cheyenne are shown to have successfully escaped.

An undetermined time later, Gates has begun searching for the Cheyenne and Sloane. Using hints provided by Sloane, he is able to find them. The film ends with a passionate embrace between Sloane and Gates.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming locations

Reception[edit]

Last of the Dogmen currently holds a 69% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]

Alternate releases[edit]

The American theatrical and home video releases of this film included narration by Wilford Brimley (in 3rd person), which is absent from the UK version. The DVD allows the viewer to choose. The NetFlix streaming version (no longer available) has the narration told in 1st person by the lead actors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Last of the Dogmen at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Last of the Dogmen". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for Last of the Dogmen". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Filming locations for Last of the Dogmen". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Last of the Dogmen at Rotten Tomatoes

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