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Skinwalkers (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 November 2002 (USA)
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The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.



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Faced with the murder of three medicine men, Navajo police must find the culprit. That the murders appear to be the work of a Skinwalker, or bad medicine man, complicate and illuminate the detective's work. Written by

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Detective Leaphorn trusts hard facts. Officer Chee trusts ancient tradition. Their beliefs will be tested as they try to catch a mysterious killer.


Crime | Drama | Mystery



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24 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Skinwalkers - kostajat haudan takaa  »

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The knife found in Chee's tire is held in place by grey putty, clearly seen and covering the tire tread. See more »


Emma Leaphorn: Do you like to play bingo Doctor?
Dr. Stone: No, I don't, Mrs. Leaphorn.
Emma Leaphorn: It's a game of skill.
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Followed by A Thief of Time (2004) See more »

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16 December 2002 | by (Kingston, OH) – See all my reviews

I noticed that "Skinwalkers" was filmed in the Phoenix area, but Mr. Redford knew that he'd not be filming taboo places around Phoenix as was a problem with "Dark Wind".

Navajo and those associated closely with the language will note that the actors are not flawless by any stretch, but at least they tried. Adam Beach is interested in the language and the people. I give credit for trying... twice! ("Windtalkers")

Tony Hillerman's books are always going to be better than his movies. I think the reason that they made Leaphorn so ignorant of his people's ways is so that bilighana (Anglo) (and you have to admit that most people watching any movie are not going to be Navajo) can understand why Chee does some of the things he does. Makes sense to Navajo and friends, but most others would just turn it off thinking it "weird" without the movie explaining thoughts and motives.

I hope this is enough of a success that they will try ALL of Mr. Hillerman's books which honor the beauty of a gentle people and their beautiful home. I would like to see them try Navajo actors, but Adam Beach is giving an admirable performance, especially in capturing the wonderful quiet ways of the Navajo.

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