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The Dark Wind (1991)

 -  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 »

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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 »

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Music and Lyrics by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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Well done, true to the book
19 October 2007 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

(Comment originally posted 10 May 2003) The feel of this movie is much truer to the feel and action of the books than the newer movie "Skinwalkers," proving that the plot and character changes in "Skinwalkers" were really unnecessary. I liked Fred Ward's Leaphorn better than Studi's, not because of any flaw in Studi's acting, but because Ward's part was written better and more accurately. (Sometimes creative licenses should not be issued.) I feel the same about Lou Diamond Phillips vs. Adam Beach -- I like them both and think their acting skills are equal, but Phillips's part was much better written, and I liked his narrative thought-monologues, which gave more of a lonely feel to Chee's character, again like the book, explaining necessary parts of the story without overdoing it. The true relationship between Leaphorn and Chee was portrayed in this movie, and the contrasts in their ways of thinking, such as Leaphorn's contemporary style vs. Chee's traditionalism, came across surely but subtly, as opposed to how, in "Skinwalkers," no credit was given to the viewer for being able to figure that out.

I would have liked to have seen the people who did "The Dark Wind" make more of the series together, rather than wait ten years for the new version, which was so different and strayed so far from Hillerman's wonderful books.


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