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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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Chris Eyre

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James Redford
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

PBS

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Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Dr. Stone: Hey, this goop you had on here, Yarrow Root? So, tell me, Officer Chee, what does Yarrow Root have over Bacitracin?
Jim Chee: It's free...
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Great movie about Native American struggle and conflict on culture and modernity
21 December 2002 | by lingmeisterSee all my reviews

This movie gave a moving portrayal of Native Americans, between ones that wants to dismiss their past and assimilate with the outsider and their cultures, and ones that wants to hang on to their tradition. It shows how some are struggling with keeping their tradition in the modern world that is continuously moving forward, while others are torn between accepting the new and keeping with the old, or even ones who are completely disillusioned with their heritage to the point of violent counter-reactions. It all comes down to a complicated clash between various characters and how each one resolves the issue within itself.

This was a good mystery film too, revealing little by little as to the motive for the murders.

Chris Eyre did a good job in this film, having seen his other movie Smoke Signals, he gives a somber atmosphere to both of these films. Not invoking the usual depressing ambience usually portrayed on these kind of environment, but not over-glorifying any aspects either.

All in all, a worthy film to watch.


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