June 01, 1992 12:00 PM


As 60 Minutes and 20/20 prove every week, reality generates far more involving stories than fiction. That is certainly the case with this provocative documentary about the fatal shootings of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975 and the subsequent, controversial conviction of Indian-rights activist Leonard Peltier for their murders. Incident has it all over Thunderheart, the logy and muddled recent thriller that was inspired by many of the same events and characters. Englishman Michael (35-Up) Apted directed both films; Robert Redford, in his Goody Two-cameras mode, executive-produced this documentary and does the voice-over.

Although Incident makes a convincing case that Peltier did not fire the gun that killed the G-men, the movie leaves viewers dangling about who did. But then, this film isn’t fiction, and in real life an awful lot of endings aren’t tidy. (PG)

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