Wind River

Synopsis: A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent to investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation,
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Taylor Sheridan
Production: The Weinstein Company
  8 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

There is a meadow..

in my perfect world.

Where wind..

dances the branches of the tree...

... casting leopards spots of light

across the face of pond.

The tree stands tall...

and.. grand and alone,

... shading the world beneath it.

There will come a day when I rest

against its spine...

... and look out over a valley where

the sun warms, but never burns.

I will watch leaves turn..

Green, then amber,

then crimson.

Then no

leaves at all...

But the tree will not die.

For in this place,

winter never comes...

It is here,

in the cradle of all I hold dear,

... I guard every memory of


And when I find myself frozen in

the mud of the real

... far from

your loving eyes...

... I will return to

this place, close mine,...

... and take solace in the simple

perfection of knowing you.

Did you see Wyman's sheep dogs near

the flock?


Told me he had six dogs watching

over it.

No. I am not to tell you..

I got a call from Tribal Police,

chief was asking for you.

There was a mountain lion working through

the flocks east of Boulder Flats.

You'd think folks would realize this

isn't sheep country.

Yeah, tore up a horse and some weanlings


That sounds like wolves.

Chief says it's a cat, and they

ain't had no luck getting it.

I'll give him a call.

Yeah. Drop those off at Fish and Game.


- You got blood on your shirt..

- Just getting for work..

Who was the victim today?

Looks like it's gonna be me.

Want some coffee?



So, I gotta go to the Rez tomorrow,.

thought I'd take Casey by

to see your folks..

Something killed a yearling in the pasture

behind their house.

Yeah... That's why I'm going.

Don't let Casey out of your sight

on the Rez, okay?

Like I said, I'm gonna leave him

with your folks while I scout.

- You know what I mean.

- Yeah, I do. I won't.

- Case.

- Dad?

- Come on, bun... time to go.

- Okay, I am coming.

Whoa, whoa, whoa..!

Where is your bb gun

pointing at right now?

- Come here, come down here.

- Sorry, Dad.

Hey, where's the rule bud?

Okay, guns are always loaded,

even if it ain't.. Right?

Okay, come on buddy.

Put that in the truck. Hurry up.

- Okay.

- Don't run.

- I'll be back Monday afternoon.

- Okay.

I don't need him to be missing school

to go chasing coyotes with you.

Yeah.. alright.

Is this it?

- No, no. Let him, let him.

- Yeah. I know.

He's still learning to

do things for himself.

I agreed, but I've stood here..

as long as I need to stand here.

Thanks for the coffee.

Good luck on that interview in Jackson.


Take Togwotee Pass.

And don't go through Pinedale.

This storm's coming

from the south so...

Yeah, you can drag me through

Pinedale with a rope.


Well, good luck.

You hear that?

Cause it's hungry.

Chats on boys.

- You okay?

- Fine.

Gotta push his nose back

when he rubs it on you like that.

- Okay?

- Okay.


Told'ya I'd get that hat dirty..

They got the height advantage

on me is the deal..

Is that right?

Let's fix that. Come on.

- Close the gate for me, would you?

- Okay.

Hey zed.

- You want zed to be your horse, don't you?

- Yeah.

You are gonna have to prove it. Not to me,

you gotta prove it to him.

Come over here.

You gotta earn his respect from him.

When you do that,

he would be standing on your ground.

Who's got the height advantage now?

Who's got the height advantage?

Just back him up.

Gentle.. so you chose you not to be.

Take him around.

That's it. Press her up by his foots.

Keep on going.

There you go.

You show him who's boss.

You are side passing over this way?

There you go.

Keep coming.

Back him up.

Look at that.

Atta boy.

How about that?

Good job come over here.

Put your hand upon his nose.

Let him smell you and breath you.

Let him know you.

He will love you forever.

- Hey.. so what do you think of that, son?

- That was pretty cowboy, huh..

No, son.

That was Arapahoe.

Entering Wind River,

Indian Reservation

Hey, grandson.

Grandma's making you fried bread.

- Had breakfast?

- Just eggs.

Go ahead. Get you some.

- Horses sense a storm.. huh?

- Yeah.

So.. Police chief called you

to hunt the lion, eh?

He called me to hunt something.

Heard you

lost a steer?

Yeah, I'll show you where.

It's a lion.

- Is the right?

- Come on.

- How Wilma?

- She got a job interview.

Jackson, some hotel I think.

- Jackson Hole?

- Ya.

Gonna live with the millionaires, eh?

Haven't heard about that, I think..

..the billionaires chased out

the millionaires years ago.

Ah, save your money.

When the wolves start eating

their Golden Retrievers...

...that land's gonna go

for pennies on the dollar.

Yes sir.

Tell me what that is.

That's a lion alright?

There's two.


She's got both of last

year's kits with her..

They chased your steer around for a while,

it seems.

That's what the tracks say..

Momma's teaching her kits how to hunt.

she's teaching 'em on livestock.

Mother just got her

whole family killed.

Got gas in your slate?

I need emergency assistance.

Repeat. Emergency assistance

requested... Come back?

Fremont County Sheriff's office.

What's your location?

The Wind River Indian Reservation,

east of Boulder Flats.

FBI's taking a while, eh?

Eh..and the road out of Riverton's bad.

I don't want to move her

until they have a look.

but I'm not gonna try to pull

her out after dark.

We gotta get

this show on the road.

We're losing the tracks.. Ben.

Now, it is coming down pretty good.

Should let me follow 'em while I

still can.

Can't let you do that.

Until it's all cleaned by the FBI.

Called her folks yet?

No, I want to take the body to Lander.

I know, it looks like Natalie, but...

It's Natalie.

There's your Feds.

What are these fools doing?

- Can't see the road..

- We don't have time for this.

I'll get 'em.

- Your destination is on the left.

- Where?

Turn left.

Where do you want me to turn left?


Are you Tribal Police?

No, I am here to take you to him.

- Look very close. Just follow me, ok?

- Yeah.

I'm Jane Banner.

- You're by yourself?

- Yeah, it's just me.

I'm Ben Shoyo,

I'm the Indian Tribal police chief.

He's Cory Lambert,

with Fish and Wildlife.

He's the one who found the body.

And this is his father-in-law,


He don't do nothing.

We got the same job eh?

I'm sorry to meet under these circumstances.

So. Do You wanna

show me the body?

I don't mean to be rude, but I'm

freezing my ass up here, so...

The quicker the better.

Yeah, that's gonna get a lot worse

if you go out there dressed like that.

I'm a big girl, thank you.

Body's 5 miles on a snowmobile.

You'd be dead by the time we

got there.

I got the call when

I was in the court in Riverton.

So this is.. this is what I've got.

You should have a winter-gear bag

in that truck.

No, it's not a government vehicle,

it's a rental, actually I'm from Vegas.

So I'm just the closest agent

to the scene...

You don't think I

can make it..?

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Taylor Sheridan

Taylor Sheridan (born May 21, 1970) is an American screenwriter, director and actor. Sheridan first reached prominence for portraying David Hale in the FX television series Sons of Anarchy. Sheridan has written several films, including the screenplay for Sicario (2015), for which he was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. Credited with redefining the modern Western, Sheridan also wrote and directed the 2017 crime film Wind River and wrote Sicario's 2018 sequel. more…

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