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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... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Sidney Poitier ...  Gypsy Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Michael Moriarty ...  John Maxwell 2 episodes, 1995
Joanna Going ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 1995
Hart Bochner ...  Shelby Hornbeck 2 episodes, 1995
Regina Taylor ...  Drusilla 2 episodes, 1995
Billy Wirth ...  Corby / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Shirley Knight ...  Aunt Bertha 2 episodes, 1995
Grace Zabriskie ...  Rose 2 episodes, 1995
Basil Wallace 2 episodes, 1995
Jim Caviezel ...  Dexter 2 episodes, 1995
Robert Guillaume ...  Mossburger 2 episodes, 1995
Farrah Fawcett ...  Nora Maxwell 2 episodes, 1995
John Pyper-Ferguson ...  Sonny Boy 2 episodes, 1995
Byron Chief-Moon Byron Chief-Moon ...  Chief Walks-The-Clouds 2 episodes, 1995
Kevin McNulty ...  Sheriff Harriman 2 episodes, 1995
Katharine Isabelle ...  Young Rachel 2 episodes, 1995
Mitchell LaPlante Mitchell LaPlante ...  Young Corby 2 episodes, 1995
Zachary Savard Zachary Savard ...  Young Dexter 2 episodes, 1995
Jesse Lipscombe ...  Clarence 2 episodes, 1995
Wilma Pelly ...  Nita 2 episodes, 1995
Lindsey Campbell ...  Miranda 2 episodes, 1995
Brent Stait ...  Ballenger 2 episodes, 1995
Charles Andre Charles Andre ...  Nez 2 episodes, 1995
Eric Keenleyside ...  Boss Beeson 2 episodes, 1995
Jack Ackroyd Jack Ackroyd ...  Farmer Tully 2 episodes, 1995
Tom Schanley ...  Cavalry Officer 2 episodes, 1995
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ...  Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1995
Dale Wilson ...  Renfro 2 episodes, 1995
Crystal Verge ...  Mrs. Tibbens 2 episodes, 1995
Donna Belleville Donna Belleville ...  Mrs. Clarksdale 2 episodes, 1995
Michelle Thrush ...  Rainbow Woman 2 episodes, 1995
Edward C.K. Richardson III Edward C.K. Richardson III ...  Charlie 2 episodes, 1995
Joshua Myers Joshua Myers ...  Rachel's Child 2 episodes, 1995
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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. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good Day to Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Originally shown in two parts. See more »

Quotes

Gypsy Smith: I'm so hungry right now, my stomach thinks my throat's been cut.
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Great Cast, Great Scenery, Great Performances
11 July 2001 | by maxie-14See all my reviews

I am a big fan of this film and found the TV mini series "Children of The Dust", the version fans should look for. At least 20 minutes or more are cut on the DVD version of this film.

I would also suggest viewers who enjoyed this film to check out the book there is a more rounded storyline with Corby/Whitewolf and Rachel, more on Black History and Buffalo Solders. There were two many storylines for the series or this film.

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 storyline, 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 storyline 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.

Look for the two tape version of this mini series if you are a fan you will really see the difference.


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