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The Dark Wind (1991)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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Soundtracks

I Should Have Known All Along
Music and Lyrics by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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Low budget , but faithful
27 June 2008 | by murfnikSee all my reviews

For using native actors, I give it a 10 of 10. The production values are rather poor, but then again, they used a lot of local people for grips, etc. Many shots with the sound boom in them.

This film was never distributed, so the editing was never really finished. Those shots with the boom could have been optically cropped. The sound very often picks up too much..for instance late in the film, in Leaphorn's house, the ticking of a clock near the mic almost drowned out the conversation.

Chee is supposed to be somewhat quiet, slow to move, but Phillips might have taken that a bit far.

Overall, it's fairly faithful to the book.


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