5 Films About Thanksgiving: Day 5 – Squanto A Warrior’s Tale

26 Nov

Thanksgiving is over with, and the anticipation for Christmas is now upon us.  Before heading into the rush of Black Friday sales and long lines, I give you the last film to watch if you’d like for this holiday weekend.  I’d never seen this film before either (yesterday’s film was also new to me.), and was eager to see Disney’s interpretation of one of my favorite stories about the founding of our country, and those first Thanksgivings amongst the Pilgrims and the Indians.

A Week of Thanks

5 Films About Thanksgiving

Day 5

Film #5

~ Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale ~

Director:  Xavier Koller
Year:  1994
Cast:  Adam Beach, Irene Bedard, Michael Gambon, Mandy Patinkin, Eric Schweig
Language:  English
Country:  United States
Specs:  102 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: PG

An American Indian named Squanto (Beach) is kidnapped by British traders, where he is returned to Europe to be a slave.  He manages to escape, however, and comes upon a monastery of monks, where he learns English and devices a way to get back home.

Revisionist inaccuracies abound in this jumbled mess of a film.  Other than the name of the main character, the filmmakers of this “docudrama” make a mess of the true well documented story of the most influential American Indian in his relevance to the survival and founding of the country by the Pilgrims.

Sadly, the direction of the film doesn’t fare much better than the storyline.  The monks are portrayed as legalistic buffoons, save the one monk who befriends Squanto.  The Europeans are all shocked at this “savage” in their midst, all the while Squanto is a loving and accepting who is taken advantage of because of his naiveté.

I could go on and on with this review, but I’ll cut it short so I can get to another film before the weekend.  Sad to see such lush production values wasted on a film such as this.

My Rating:  ** / D

Available on Amazon: Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale

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