- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The only thing I'm guilty of is struggling for my people."
- Leonard Peltier to interviewer
New York Times - 05/08/1992
"...Straightforward, meticulous documentary....INCIDENT AT OGLALA achieves what it set out to do..."
USA Today - 05/29/1992
"...Convincing..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 05/08/1992
"...INCIDENT AT OGLALA is an even-handed cry of outrage, a coolly passionate documentary that focuses a piercing ray of light on an American scandal..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/16/1992
"...The documentary gives us a vivid picture of the Indian reservations of South Dakota....Peltier himself is one of the film's most convincing subjects..."
INCIDENT AT OGLALA presents the controversial story of American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier, who in 1975 was convicted of the murder of two FBI agents and sentenced to life in prison. Similar to Errol Morris's THE THIN BLUE LINE, the film carefully reconstructs the murders and offers damning evidence that the FBI railroaded Peltier into jail with falsified testimony, flimsy ballistics testing, and sleight-of-hand that turned a red and white van into a red pickup truck. The documentary was released just weeks before Apted's THUNDERHEART, a fictional portrayal of the life on the reservation in the 1970s.
- Executive producer Robert Redford investigated the Peltier case in the 1980s with Peter Mathiessen, the author of IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE, a book decrying Peltier's conviction. Redford visited Peltier in prison in Marion, Illinois, in 1981, and became convinced of Peltier's innocence. At first, the actor tried lobbying politicians and judges; in the late 1980s, he decided that he needed to make Peltier's story even more public by making a film.
- John Trudell, who is interviewed in the film, collaborated with Jackson Browne to create the soundtrack for the documentary.