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The Dark Wind (1991)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 15 May 1992 (UK)
A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

Director:

Errol Morris

Writers:

Tony Hillerman (novel), Neal Jimenez (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Baker Lance Baker ... Mr. Archer
Betty C. Barlow Betty C. Barlow ... Old Navajo Woman #2
Gary Basaraba ... Larry
Billy Beck ... Motel Clerk
Arlene Bowman Arlene Bowman ... Edna Nezzie
Guy Boyd ... Agent Johnson
Charlie Carpenter Charlie Carpenter ... Pilot
Blake Clark ... Ben Gaines
Julia Collins Julia Collins ... Old Navajo Woman #1
Kee Collins Kee Collins ... Old Navajo Man #1
Gary Farmer ... Cowboy Albert Dashee
Patrick Jensen Patrick Jensen ... Albino Boy
John Karlen ... Jake West
Neil Kayquoptewa Neil Kayquoptewa ... Lomatewa
James Koots James Koots ... Taylor
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Storyline

A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Navajo | Hopi

Release Date:

15 May 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Brisa da Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Gary Farmer (Cowboy Dashee) and Lou Diamond Phillips have also worked together on Sioux City and Longmire. See more »

Goofs

At the road side stands, the flag of Texas has the white star upside down. The stripes are correct so the flag, itself, is not upside down. See more »

Crazy Credits

The producers would like to acknowledge the Hopi and Navajo people. Their land, culture and humor enlightened us throughout the making of "The Dark Wind." See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut 11 seconds for a "15" rating. The cinema version was uncut at the same category. See more »

Connections

Followed by Skinwalkers (2002) See more »

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Louisiana Hush Puppy
Music and Lyrics by Harry Shannon
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...and some are rained out.
15 June 2006 | by guyboydSee all my reviews

Here's Agent Johnson's take on it. Something did go wrong. Erroll wasn't big on action/fight scenes, but he was very hip to Navajo humor. Some would call it dry. The producers, (over half way through), opted for an action movie but the script wasn't able to support it on that basis. Mr. Hillerman wrote a mystery. Redford brought in an action director for all the fight scenes and Erroll went to his trailer, and it became a stuntmans' movie. (If the mic is in the shot on a 1-take dangerous stunt you just go ahead and use it, I guess.)There were a slew of re-writes and plot changes for the last several scenes in order not to denigrate a particular Hopi ritual that was supposedly pre-approved. The logical resolution of the plot suffered to say the least. I really enjoyed Erroll being there, and felt bad for him in the latter part of the shoot. Lou hung in like a trooper throughout and I thought gave a nuanced and skillful performance.(I hope to get a chance to hear his version of events someday) I don't think the film solved

the mystery of filming a Tony Hillerman mystery completely but as long as Erroll was in charge it had heart. There were rumors about the lack of distribution being brought on by Carolco's overspending on The Last Action Hero and taking a huge bath. There was no money to advertise Dark Wind or so the gossip was at the time.


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