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The Dark Wind (1991)

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

Director:

Errol Morris

Writers:

Tony Hillerman (novel), Neal Jimenez (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Baker Lance Baker ... Mr. Archer
Betty C. Barlow Betty C. Barlow ... Old Navajo Woman #2
Gary Basaraba ... Larry
Billy Beck ... Motel Clerk
Arlene Bowman Arlene Bowman ... Edna Nezzie
Guy Boyd ... Agent Johnson
Charlie Carpenter Charlie Carpenter ... Pilot
Blake Clark ... Ben Gaines
Julia Collins Julia Collins ... Old Navajo Woman #1
Kee Collins Kee Collins ... Old Navajo Man #1
Gary Farmer ... Cowboy Albert Dashee
Patrick Jensen Patrick Jensen ... Albino Boy
John Karlen ... Jake West
Neil Kayquoptewa Neil Kayquoptewa ... Lomatewa
James Koots James Koots ... Taylor
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Hopi

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brisa da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Gary Farmer (Cowboy Dashee) and Lou Diamond Phillips have also worked together on Sioux City and Longmire. See more »

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At the road side stands, the flag of Texas has the white star upside down. The stripes are correct so the flag, itself, is not upside down. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut 11 seconds for a "15" rating. The cinema version was uncut at the same category. See more »

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Louisiana Hush Puppy
Music and Lyrics by Harry Shannon
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Just pretend it has nothing to do with the book.
17 April 1999 | by merdeSee all my reviews

Film adaptations of novels are a mixed bag at best, and The Dark Wind, allegedly based on Tony Hillerman's novel of the same name, isn't one of the best. The screenwriters took several unnecessary liberties with the storyline and characters, including stealing details from other Hillerman novels and dropping Captain Largo entirely in favor of Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Fans of Hillerman's novels won't like the portrayal of Jim Chee as an awkward, barely-competent rookie, either.

It's hard to tell whether Lou Diamond Phillips is just failing to portray Jim Chee as he's intended to be, or whether he just didn't bother to read the book and find out. Having replaced Captain Largo's character with Fred Ward as Joe Leaphorn, the script doesn't take advantage of either character's personality, but at least they didn't turn him into one of those generic shouting police captains we see so much of in the movies.

Despite all of this, it's a fairly likeable movie. The film was shot on location in and around the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. The scenery is magnificent, and judging from the names in the cast and crew, the producers took advantage of local talent to fill in some of the smaller roles, which adds a good bit of authenticity. If you close one eye and pretend it has nothing to do with a Tony Hillerman novel, you'll probably enjoy it.


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