This is an entertaining film even though it's speckled with flaws.
There are a number of old "B" movies in which a cave is discovered behind a waterfall that leads to a secret valley which hold great adventure. More often than not there is an ancient society hidden in the valley. Well, this time it leads to a tribe of Dog Soldiers. The Dog Soldiers are from the Cheyenne Tribe, they were charged with being the rear guard for the nation. The Dog Soldiers are the last of the ancestors who escaped a massacre of the tribe and created a life in the hidden valley.
Lewis Gates (Tom Berenger), a rough, hard-drinking sort of bounty hunter, is hired to search deep into an oxbow area in the Montana mountains for the escaped convicts. Hid search lead to an adventure which changes his life. After researching the disappearances in the oxbow area over the past 100 years, he searches out Lillian Sloan (Barbara Hershey), a local anthropologist who studies Indian tribes. Together they search for the elusive tribe of Dogmen.
The entire film is framed against the majestic mountains of Montana (in reality the Canadian Rockies and Zempoala National Park in the mountains south of Mexico City. The locations are magnificent and the romance of the ancient tribe living as it did 100 years before is fascinating.
Berenger and Hershey play their very opposite characters to a fault. It's a little much, but it's effective. He is a rough tough outdoor drinking man and she is a strong willed college professor who speaks Cheyenne. Together they survive their ordeal with the lost tribe. Zip the Dog is the best performer. A little mongrel with short legs shows more emotion than anyone, he immediately steals the show and your heart.
An interesting story that is filmed very ell overcomes the weaknesses in the script.
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