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Just one of Val's many Federal Issue Bitch Faces.

In 1992, Val Kilmer starred in Thunderheart (my very favorite Val Kilmer movie, for those of you playing the at-home version), a creative reimagining of the problems experienced by the American Indian Movement in the late 1970s. Val plays Special Agent Ray Levoi, an FBI agent who is chosen for an assignment in the Badlands because his biological father—who died when Ray was a child, and whom he has long since buried in his psyche—was half Sioux.

Val detecting things. With intense SRSness.

Ray’s stepfather is a military man, and well regarded by the FBI brass. Ray has essentially been passing all of his life, but at the end of the day, his stepfather may be one of the boys, but he isn’t.

Lord, this scene is a gift to all my aesthetic sensibilities.

The moment his friends and colleagues at the FBI see a way they can use him—as a PR stunt, as a symbol, not as a person and certainly not as the “fine field agent” he has proven himself to be—they do it. They use him, and the place in the world Ray has spent his life crafting is destroyed.

I fear no evil, for thou art with me.

Thunderheart is about many things, racial and political and spiritual things, but at its heart it is Ray’s story, his story of finding his new place in the world now that he is no longer content to “pass.”

Tags: passing, thunderheart
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