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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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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 Susan Conklin ... Marcia
David House David House ... Dumont's Butler
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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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Some secrets should stay buried.

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Mystery

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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 »

Quotes

Jim Chee: So, you looking forward to getting home to Emma?
Joe Leaphorn: Some things you ought to be able to figure out yourself.
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Follows The Dark Wind (1991) See more »

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I'm hoping for more Hillerman/Beach movies!
8 January 2007 | by cyjt5297See all my reviews

I hope Robert Redford continues to make more films like this. Hillerman's books are wonderful, and as a young child raised in the Southwest his stories hit home! Adam Beach is a highly under rated and under used actor. Wake up Hollywood, not everyone thinks that your Mel Gibson's are cool! Many movie goer's today want to see films that make you think. I have seen all of the Redford/Hillerman series. They are thoughtful, scenic and have great plots. I'm hoping that if enough people write to Robert Redford he may decide to make a few more! Thank you Adam Beach and Tony Hillerman for great entertainment! If anyone get's a chance to read Tony Hillerman's latest book do so! It's great. I also recommend traveling through Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Stop at every view site and feel the setting of Hillerman's books. Amazing experience.


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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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1.85 : 1
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