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Film / The Cherokee Kid

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The Cherokee Kid is a 1996 comedy western featuring Sinbad. As a child, Isaiah Turner’s parents are killed by a railroad baron and his goons. He is happily adopted by a preacher and his wife, but still wants revenge. When he learns about the railroad baron’s location, he leaves home a quest to get revenge.


  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: After Isaiah drinks liquor for the first time, he tries to kill a bear with his bare hands.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Reverend Peel tries to make Isaiah stop thinking about vengeance by quoting The Bible.
  • Bank Robbery: Isaiah is forced at gunpoint to help rob a bank. He later joins Nat Love and helps him rob a bank.
  • Bank Toaster: When Isaiah is forced to help rob a bank, the teller talks about the gifts people receive for opening accounts. They get a bar of pine tar soap for a $25 deposit and an apron for a $100 deposit. When Isaiah announces that he and his companions are robbing the bank, all the tellers point revolvers at the would-be robbers. The teller says, “I forgot to tell you. If you give us $300 to deposit, you get this nice big gun.”
  • Bear Trap: Isaiah uses a bear trap against Bonner.
  • Due to the Dead: The Undertaker insists on giving Isaiah a proper funeral immediately after killing him.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Isaiah finds out that the man he’s talking to is Otter Bob, he mentions how he’s smaller than he expected. Otter Bob pulls the lever on his rifle, which makes Isaiah stop insulting him.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Nat Love is in jail waiting for his execution. He calmly waits for his death instead of being emotional about it.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Isaiah is part Cherokee.
  • Faking the Dead: Isaiah and Jedediah’s mother pretends to kill Jedediah so Bloomington won’t kill him. As adults, Jedediah pretends to kill Isaiah as part of their plan to kill Bloomington.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Abby knocks out Isaiah and Cortina with a frying pan and ties them up so she can turn them in for a reward.
  • The Gunslinger: By the end of the movie, Isaiah is a talented gunfighter.
  • Happily Adopted: Isaiah was adopted by the loving Mr. and Mrs. Peel after his biological parents were killed.
  • How We Got Here: Isaiah gets shot at the beginning of the movie. Then his adoptive father eulogizes him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Isaiah sees Otter Bob eating roasted rabbit, he condemns him for killing a defenseless animal instead of something than can fight back, like a bear or a mountain lion. But when Otter Bob offers Isaiah some roasted rabbit, he immediately eats it.
  • I Owe You My Life: After Isaiah saves Cortina, he decides to pay him back by protecting him. Isaiah does sees Cortina as a nuisance and want him to just go away.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Isaiah robs banks owned by Bloomington and gives the money to the poor.
  • Mountain Man: Otter Bob is a mountain man who teaches Isaiah how to survive in the wilderness in exchange for teaching him how to read.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: One of the bounty hunters is named The Undertaker. Fortunately, he turns out to be Isaiah's loving brother Jedediah.
  • Never Learned to Read: One of the people Isaiah interacts with is an illiterate prostitute. He later spends time with a mountain man named Otter Bob and teaches him how to read in exchange for survivalist teaching.
  • Not Worth Killing: Isaiah has Bloomington cornered, but Bloomington tries to convince Isaiah not to kill him. Isaiah calls Bloomington a pathetic old man who’s not worth a bullet. As Isaiah leaves, Bloomington tries to shoot him in the back, but fails.
  • Preacher's Kid: Isaiah was adopted by a preacher after his biological parents were killed.
  • Railroad Baron: Bloomington is involved with the railroad industry and owns several banks.
  • Sand Necktie: Cortina is buried up to his neck when Isaiah meets him.
  • Shot in the Ass: Isaiah shoots Bonner in the ass with a derringer. Instead of getting medical attention, he goes to a bar to get drunk.
  • Taking the Bullet: Otter Bob takes multiple bullets meant to Isaiah.
  • The Trope Kid: Isaiah’s nickname is The Cherokee Kid.