Chris Eyre's intent was that Rudy would eventually be identified as the 'iktomi', the trickster, personified by the end of the movie. Coincidentally, Iktomi is also the son of Inyan, the rock.
No set embellishment was allowed. Eyre wanted to show the actual conditions.
Director Chris Eyre claims that all of the events portrayed in the movie are drawn from stories he read about in local papers over the years.
Despite everyone's discomfort, Greene allowed the wake scene to be shot with him in an open coffin and also allowed the coffin to be shut on him and wheeled away. The next day everyone went to the football field, said a prayer and burned the coffin. Eyre says, ''It's not stuff you want to mess with''.
The agent of Graham Green accepted the role of Mogie on his behalf, understanding the depth of the role and the demands. Graham was hesitant for the same reason.
All agreed that Greene's introduction of Mogie's humor gave the human element they didn't know was missing.
Shot in 23 days entirely on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The crew would have to drive an hour each day since there was no local hotel or other infrastructure available. Three cars rolled travelling on gravel roads on the way to or from production.
Eric Schweig wanted to perform the role to show that in the midst of America, this location was akin to a Third World nation, as it is the poorest county in the United States.
Several of the police officers were drawn from actual local police and law agencies.
DIRECTOR CAMEO; Eyre plays the back-up officer arriving after Rudy hits his head.
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