Backroads (1998)

Backroads
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 22mins.
Genres Drama, Period
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
  • 'The Limey,' 'Election' Got the Spirit
    By: Jim Bartoo Jul 31, 2001

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 13, 2000 -- Steven Soderbergh's crime-drama "The Limey" and Alexander Payne's high school satire "Election" led the pack of (relatively) low-budget, high-expectation projects as nominations were announced Wednesday for the 15th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, honoring, yes, indie film. "The Limey" and "Election" received a field-best five nominations each. Hollywood blockbusters such as "Toy Story 2" and "The Green Mile" received zippo. (They're not indies.) With the

Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
David Peipers Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Henri Kessler Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Shirley Cheechoo Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Jonathan Brown Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Perry Shawana Other donation 120795 26000001
Blake DeBassige Sound sound composer 120816 14000001
Lee Percy Editor n/a 172 7000001
Steven Gottlieb Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Christine Kunewa Walker Producer n/a 3 3000003
Greta Cheechoo Actor Tammy 1 1000004
Shirley Cheechoo Actor Ruby 1 1000003
Sheila Tousey Actor Grace 1 1000002
Max Martini Actor Larry 1 1000005
John Tench Actor n/a 1 1000006
Phyllis Ellis Producer n/a 3 3000002
Shirley Cheechoo Producer n/a 3 3000001
Shirley Cheechoo Director n/a 2 2000001
Renae Morriseau Actor Ella Lee Thompson 1 1000001
Synopsis
A journey into the lives of First Nation Canadian women living on the reserve in 1976 and the presence of a spiritual phenomena that employs the dark side. Ella Lee Thompson, the only married sister of four, exists as a wife and mother oppressed by her abusive husband Eric. She wants out. Plagued by both her power and beauty she is virtually hunted by the 'white man'. Racist cop Larry and pathetic store owner Marc Leduc both use rape and assault in an attempt to break her spirit. She has reached the breaking point. Beaten again and accused of infidelity, she bludgeons her husband to death. Enter her sisters. Ruby is a brash, strong advocate for Ella Lee who takes control and with their other sister Tammy seeks to find solutions to the impossible situation. Grace, a lawyer who left the reserve 17 years ago, returns home to help. She is the one sister who can face her past, the undeniable presence of the dark energy and the greatest villain of all, the Bearwalker.
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