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Coyote Waits (2003)

Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

Director:

Jan Egleson

Writers:

Lloyd 'Lucky' Gold (teleplay), Tony Hillerman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beach ... Jim Chee
Candice Costello Candice Costello ... Jen
Jimmy Herman ... Ashie Pinto
Gary Kanin Gary Kanin ... Judge
Wes Studi ... Joe Leaphorn
Sheila Tousey Sheila Tousey ... Emma Leaphorn
Mark Kilburn Mark Kilburn ... Doctor
Alex Rice ... Janet Pete
Graham Greene ... Slick Nakai
Jill Scott Momaday Jill Scott Momaday ... Mary Keeyani
Keith Carradine ... John McGinnis
Sheri Foster ... Blue Lady
Jack Burning ... Hosteen Nakai
Long Nguyen ... Huan Ji
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jay Kennedy, FBI
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Storyline

Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

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Two Navajo cops race to unravel a dangerous web of myth, murder, and greed.

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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Vietnamese

Release Date:

16 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leggende Navajo See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Trivia

Joe Leaphorn reveals in his conversation with Taka Ji that he graduated from Arizona State University. See more »

Goofs

When Jim Chee is at his relative's house, the windmill changes directions, in totally opposite directions, as the wind direction changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

John McGinnis: First thing he says is "coyote." Tagert's a coyote. That's about as strong as a Navajo gets, ain't it?
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Connections

References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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OK movie, could be better
24 November 2003 | by toddbradleySee all my reviews

My wife and I TiVo'd this and watched it yesterday. I'd been looking forward to seeing it since I first saw it advertised a month ago. I had no idea there was another made-for-TV movie using the same actors, and thought this was the first. I'm glad to hear it won't be the last.

Not having read the book, I thought this was a decent film, though it could have been better. While it's nice they cast real natives in the major roles, I thought it was pretty strange that not a single person looked Navajo. Given the huge number of people in this country with Navajo ancestry, I'm surprised Redford couldn't find one or two he thought could act well enough to carry a made-for-TV movie. And half the scenes didn't look to me like they were shot anywhere near the Navajo Nation, though I admit it's a big place that no one could know all of. Finally, too many of the characters came across as stereotypes. I've only read one Hillerman novel, so I don't know if that's due to the original novel or the screenplay or the directing.

All that said, it was a decent couple hours of entertainment, and I'll watch upcoming episodes, though I'm definitely not rushing out to buy the DVD.


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