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A Thief of Time (2004)

Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director:

Chris Eyre

Writers:

Alice Arlen (teleplay), Tony Hillerman (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Farmer ... Captain Largo
Adam Beach ... Jim Chee
Ernest Tsosie III ... Dispatcher Clem Allison
Wes Studi ... Joe Leaphorn
Sheila Tousey ... Emma Leaphorn
Kelly Byars Kelly Byars ... Delbert Tsosie
Alex Rice ... Janet Pete
Beth Grant ... Ranger Mildred Luna
Natowa Garcia Natowa Garcia ... Larry
Kenneth White Eagle Wings Kenneth White Eagle Wings ... Pete Etcitty
Dawn Lewis Dawn Lewis ... Maxie Davis
Graham Greene ... Slick Nakai
Lee Tergesen ... Randall Elliot
Susan Conklin ... Marcia
David House David House ... Dumont's Butler
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Storyline

An anthropologist, Ellie Friedman-Bernal, is suspected of selling ancient Anasazi pottery on the black market. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee are sent to investigate. Ellie's hyper-competitive colleagues, Maxie Davis and Randy Elliott, claim to be clueless about her whereabouts. Hailing from a hard-scrabble farm, Maxie is an improbable success at the academic game, while East-Coast patrician Randy is more at home as a scholar. Ellie's cryptic notes lead Leaphorn and Chee to preacher/fencer Slick Nakai, and his musician/accomplice Pete Etcitty, who later turns up dead--along with another pot poacher. Then there are the rich, unsavory collectors Richard DuMont and local rancher Harrison Houk, who was the last person to see Ellie alive. If the mystery is to be solved, some nettlesome questions need to be answered: Why did Ellie trade a saddle for a kayak just before she disappeared? Why does the crippled Houk himself own a kayak? And what's that hunched-over form in the ... Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Esperanto

Release Date:

11 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il ladro del passato See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Chee falls down the embankment his flashlight is clearly left behind, but after standing up below he turns on a flashlight See more »

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There is NO Esperanto in this movie
19 March 2006 | by tor-47See all my reviews

There is NO Esperanto in this movie

I watched this movie specifically because IMDb lists Esperanto as one of the languages used. But IMDb is mistaken about the languages used in this film. There is absolutely no Esperanto at all. It's almost all English with a couple of words of Navajo. Do not watch this film if you're looking for Esperanto movies. Other options instead are "Idiot's Delight" (with Clark Gable) which has a bit of Esperanto, "Incubus" is all Esperanto (although completely mispronounced), and there are some Esperanto street signs in Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator." There was supposed to be some spoken Esperanto in "Gattaca" as well, but I never heard any.

Aside from that, the other reviewer is right. This movie is a complete mess.

Spend your time elsewhere.


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