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Skinwalkers (2002)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Lowe Harrison Lowe ... Roman George
James Dalgam James Dalgam ... Bister
Adam Beach ... Jim Chee
Saginaw Grant ... Wilson Sam
Nicholas Bartolo Nicholas Bartolo ... Tommy Nakai
Jon Proudstar ... Davis Nakai
Misty Upham ... Nina
Drew Lacafa Drew Lacafa ... Bobby
Sheila Tousey ... Emma Leaphorn
Wes Studi ... Lt. Joe Leaphorn
Apesanahkwat ... Capt. Butler
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ... German woman (as Marla Finn)
Michael Greyeyes ... Dr. Stone
Ryan Polequaptewa Ryan Polequaptewa ... Lonnie Mack
Noah Watts ... Ruben Maze


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 robert_chambers@juno.com

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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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Release Date:

24 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skinwalkers - kostajat haudan takaa See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Most of this movie was made in and around Superior Arizona. Some scenes are from Globe Arizona. The steep cliffs shown in numerous scenes is called Apache Leap. Ironic being this movie and series was based on the Navajo Indians. The Movie U Turn was also famously filmed here as well. See more »


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: I can't tell you how right it feels to be here. Oh, come one. I mean, childhood in Phoenix or not. Joe, can't you... Can't you feel it?
Lt. Joe Leaphorn: Oh, God, I wish I did. I keep waiting for something, but... nothing.
Emma Leaphorn: Well, whatever happens from here on out, I'm not leaving.
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I like the film even if it interchanges tribes
26 November 2003 | by me43See all my reviews

I recently watched "Skinwalkers" again and enjoyed it more than I did the first time around. As I wrote in my Coyote Waits review, etc., I dislike that moviemakers think Native tribes are interchangeable. I am not only talking about the mispronouncing of words or the expression of cultural ideas, but something more apparent at first glance... somatotypes. Major tribes have different body types, facial structure, ways of speaking, dressing, walking, and even hair styles. They can be as different from each other as they are to non indigenous races. For example: Comanche tend to be tall, muscular and golden skinned. Navajo necks tend to look shorter with the head seemingly very close to the shoulders, in both genders. Sioux have killer cheekbones, while Apache faces are broader, and their legs are shorter; Mohawk noses tend to be "hawkish" and they "look indian" even if the person is a mixed blood with blonde hair and blue eyes! I could go on and on, but you get the point. I also find it amusing that Adam Beach's character pointed out Apache somatotypes in "Smoke Signals", so the actor cannot possibly be unaware. You will see more Navajo in Skinwalkers than I recall seeing in Coyote Waits, and I bet you will soon start recognizing who in the film is a real Navajo and who is not... giving you an appreciation of what some of us keep complaining about.

I thought Adam Beach was better in this film and I thought the plot was better. They still didn't film in the right locations as the Navajo are Mesa people, but the scenery is beautiful just the same.

Michael Greyeyes can do an insane smile better than anyone since Martin Landau. Even if you haven't seen the other films in the series, you can enjoy this film as it doesn't pull in important references from the others. It has problems, sure, but I enjoyed the ride.

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