Steve Mohan in Entertainment. Discussion »
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK This weekend the movie Crooked Arrows opens across theaters nationwide. Crooked Arrows is a movie about a Native American lacrosse team and stars Brandon Routh.
Routh stars as Joe Logan, a mixed blood Native American, who looks to help modernize his reservation and prove himself to his father. He becomes the coach of the high school lacrosse team and must lead them against schools with better equipment and training. Brandon Routh is part Native American and has starred in several films such as Superman Returns.
Crooked Arrows cost &$36;6 million and was funded by the Onondaga Nation and many lacrosse companies and had support from Syracuse University. Writer Todd Baird and producers Mitchell Peck and Adam Leff had the idea for this movie for over a decade, but leaders from the Onondaga Nation as well as other tribes did not like the script. They felt that the script was filled with stereotypes and cultural inaccuracies.
Lacrosse has been becoming increasingly popular this past decade. It was a tradition of the Haudenosaunee nations which include the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Tuscarora, and Cayuga nations. The producers hired eight lacrosse players from Onondaga nation to be a part of the movie. They wanted real lacrosse players to give the movie a more authentic feel. Crooked Arrows is intended as a feel good sports movie that appeals to more than just Native Americans. So, let's see how the film does as it opens today, June 1st
posted june 1, 2012 6:30 am est
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