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Directed By Michael Apted
Written By John Fusco
Cast Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward
Produced By Robert De Niro, John Fusco, Jane Rosenthal
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Film Editing By Ian Crafford
Music By James Horner
Studio Tribeca Productions, Waterhorse Productions
Distributed By TriStar Pictures
Country United States
Language English, Sioux
Release Date April 3, 1992
Runtime 119 Minutes
Rating R
Gross $22,660,758

Thunderheart is a 1992 American Neo-Western-themed mystery film, directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay written by John Fusco. The film stars Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, and Fred Ward. It was distributed by TriStar Pictures and released on 3 April 1992.


An FBI agent with a Sioux background is sent to a reservation for an investigation. As he overcomes the tactics of his fellow agents and gets attuned to his heritage, he gains the trust of the locals.



  • Val Kilmer as Ray Levoi
  • Sam Shepard as Frank "Cooch" Coutelle
  • Graham Greene as Walter Crow Horse
  • Fred Ward as Jack Milton
  • Fred Thompson as William Dawes
  • Sheila Tousey as Maggie Eagle Bear
  • Ted Thin Elk as Grandpa Sam Reaches
  • John Trudell as Jimmy Looks Twice
  • Julius Drum as Richard Yellow Hawk
  • Sarah Brave as Maisy Blue Legs
  • Allan R.J. Joseph as Leo Fast Elk
  • Sylvan Pumpkin Seed as Hobart
  • Patrick Massett as Agent Mackey
  • Rex Linn as FBI Agent
  • Brian A. O'Meara as FBI Agent