Rated: PG for violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: October 28, 1994 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney's latest film is about the unfortunate treatment of Indians in the 1600s.
While trading with Indians in the New World, sailors kidnap two young warriors to bring back to Plymouth, England for the shipowner's amusement.
The shipper, Sir George (Michael Gambon, looking grotesque in his dandy clothes and pancake makeup) forces Squanto (Adam Beach) and his friend to wrestle bears for the townspeople, eager to see the "savages." George is busy counting up the money he is going to make from the two frightened men, when Squanto escapes.
Lost and hurt, he ends up at a peaceful haven of cloistered monks. Mandy Patinkin plays Brother Daniel, who teaches Squanto his language and that not all Englishmen are barbaric and greedy.
With Brother Daniel's help, Squanto finally returns to his homeland, only to find that his tribe has been burned out. He's torn between revenge and taking the first step towards peace.
It was a sad period in our history. Maybe, it was a combination of people being afraid of change or difference, or some wanting to exploit an innocent for profit, but at least this film does not just show the aberration that existed, it also depicts good, peace-loving people who wanted to learn from the Indians and embrace those differences.
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