GenreDrama, Thriller, Western ScreenplayRobert Forsyth LanguageEnglish
WriterM.T. Kelly, Robert Forsyth Release date9 July 1992 (Germany) CastGraham Greene (Arthur), Therry Bannon (Sweat Lodge Singer #2), Phil Harnage (Policeman), Michael Hogan (Bud Rickets), Ron Lea (Peter Maguire), Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Wilf) Similar moviesDesert Kickboxer, Northwest Passage, Drunktown's Finest, Five Bloody Graves, Turquoise Rose, Buffalo Dreams
TaglineThey were destroying the land of his heritage...now they must pay!
Clearcut 1991 pt 4
Clearcut is a 1991 Canadian drama film about clearcutting in a Canadian province. This motion picture stars Graham Greene, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tom Jackson, and Raoul Trujillo. It is directed by Ryszard Bugajski. The filming location was in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Phil Harris who is best known as the voice of Baloo in Disney's 1967 animated film The Jungle Book was cast in this movie as a policeman.
The movie begins as a spirit, known in the movie as Arthur (Greene), enters into the world from the water. A seaplane arrives, carrying a passenger to a First Nations reserve, where activists are attempting to block construction and forestry equipment from clearcutting on Indian land. The individual from the seaplane is a lawyer representing the Nation whose land is going to be clearcut. The activists are displeased that the lawyer is losing their lawsuit against the loggers. The lawyer came to discuss an appeal.
An elder member of the Nation, Wilf (Westerman) introduces the attorney to Arthur, who the attorney believes is a militant activist. Arthur proceeds to kidnap the logging company's general manager, and the four take off through the woods where Arthur claims he will "instruct" them in "listening to Mother Earth". However, Arthur's behaviour grows increasingly erratic and threatening. Wilf's warnings and insinuations that Arthur may actually be Wisakedjak, an indigenous trickster spirit (whom he also refers to as "the Deceiver") begin to make more sense. At the end Arthur, or whatever he is, returns into the water again.