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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.

Director:

Chris Eyre

Writer:

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skinwalkers - kostajat haudan takaa See more »

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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

The knife found in Chee's tire is held in place by grey putty, clearly seen and covering the tire tread. See more »

Quotes

Jim Chee: You know, you were voted what, ah "Most Likely To Move To Hollywood?"
Janet Pete: Not that it matters but it was "New York."
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Suspenseful, extremely well written and very educational!
27 November 2002 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

Way to go Jamie! A great job! We hope this turns into a series.

I like the fact that all the actors and the director were of Native-American descent, it gives the story more authenticity.

A murder happened in an Indian country, thus the investigation and trial were subject to the jurisdiction of the tribe. This shows great aspects of Indian Law and culture. I highly recommend that law professors use this movie to teach the students how the justice system operates in an Indian Country. As a student of American Indian Law, I found that they were a minority group the was really hurt by the people that came to North America to find a land of freedom. Those who came in pursuit of happiness almost destroyed those who were living here so peacefully. I cannot believe that the American Indians were given land, but not given the right to use the water on the same land. Sorry, I am getting carried away in tangent here. I like anyone who gives any minority group an opportunity to be portrayed as `human beings' rather than the traditional stereotypes.

The mystic side of the culture is shown as well, and it is done with details on their symbols and witchcraft.

I think that the casting was wonderful, giving Native Americans a chance to shine. It would be a great to see a minority group that seldom has the chance to be portrayed in a positive fashion to have a series where they are not the `nasty, dumb guys' Jamie is following his dad, Robert Redford's, footsteps and breaking new ground in the American film industry! I am big fan of the entire family and will give them my whole heartedly support in any way I can! Robert Redford has given an endowment to the American cinema, as well as the International cinema like no one else I know of. It is so nice to see the second generation moving in the same direction!

Suspenseful, extremely well written and very educational! BRAVO!


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