The Dark Wind (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  15 May 1992 (UK)
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A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.



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A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

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A Brisa da Morte  »

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Director Errol Morris, better known for his documentary work, did not finish the film due to "artistic differences" with Robert Redford. See more »


A microphone is visible twice: once at the bottom of the screen about 42 minutes into the film; the other at the top of the screen about 10 minutes before the end. See more »

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The producers would like to acknowledge the Hopi and Navajo people. Their land, culture and humor enlightened us throughout the making of "The Dark Wind." See more »


Followed by Coyote Waits (2003) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Doug Livingston and Harry Shannon
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A faithful interpretation of the book
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read all of Tony Hillerman's work in the Leaphorn/Chee series, I felt the movie was pretty good. I understood the plot and felt it was quite faithful to the book. The acting by Lou Diamond Philips was very in character with Jim Chee. Gary Farmer and Fred Ward also turned in performances worthy of the characters they portrayed. Robert Redford executive produced this and was diligent in using American Indians as actors throughout the film. I enjoyed hearing the characters speaking Navajo. Three more of Tony Hillerman's works were further formated for PBS, again with Robert Redford's involvement. Chee and Leaphorn are cast with different actors, who are wonderful too, but I believe that Gary Farmer is in at least one of these other films.

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