Thunderheart is your typical Hollywood liberal propaganda portraying the Native American as still a “victim” of white oppression. Despite being on a reservation, whites continue to exploit the unlucky and somber Indians. Over time Ray begins to pickup on this “oppression” and sides with the Native Americans. It seems that “cool” ray is finally feeling the Native American blood flowing through his veins. Ray even has a “vision” of being chased down by a group of old time redneck cowboys.
Val Kilmer plays the role of Ray and does a fairly good job playing a pseudo suave FBI agent. Ray doesn’t like Native Americans because his father was the stereotypical Native American alcoholic. It seems that Ray’s father had lost his “Indian spirit” which unfortunately led to his demise. Thunderheart can also be seen as an anti-alcohol film for Native Americans as well. Hollywood really does tell heartwarming and positive stories.
Genius Propaganda by the "Mexica Movement"