Skinwalkers (2002)





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Adapted from Tony Hillerman's best-selling novel by James Redford (stepson of Robert Redford), Skinwalkers was the vanguard of the proposed PBS anthology American Mystery. Returning to the Navajo reservation of his birth after many years, police detective Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) investigates a series of bizarre murders. Though Leaphorn has no doubt that the killer is a human being, his young FBI-trained partner, Jim Chee (Adam Beach), has an entirely different theory. A medicine man-in-training, Chee believes that the murders have been committed by a mystical figure called the Skinwalker, who according to Navajo legend is an amalgam of all murdered Native Americans. Symbolic clues left at the scene of each murder -- some written in paint, some in blood -- confirm Chee's conclusion that the shapeshifting Skinwalker is seeking revenge on the modern-day despoilers of the Navajo's sacred land. Skinwalkers was filmed on location in Utah and Arizona by Native American director Chris Eyre, of Smoke Signals fame.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Wes Studi
as Det. Joe Leaphorn
Adam Beach
as Off. Jim Chee
Sheila Tousey
as Emma Leaphorn
Saginaw Grant
as Wilson Sam
Michael Greyeyes
as Dr. Stone
Nicholas Bartolo
as Tommy Nakai
Jon Proudstar
as Davis Nakai
Harrison Lowe
as Roman George
Concho Roman
as Capt. Butler
James Dalgai
as Navajo Chanter
Chesley Wilson
as Lonnie Mack
Drew Lacapa
as Bobby
as Captain Butler
Marla Finn
as German Wife
Frank Soto
as Dugay
Noah Watts
as Ruben Maze
Alex Rice
as Janet Pete
Chris Eyre
as Judge Pinto
Terey Summers
as Gloria
Gerald Vandever
as Officer Gorman
Fran Jarvis
as Gloria
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Critic Reviews for Skinwalkers

All Critics (1)

It's not all that bad, but there's an air of humorless camp about it...

August 17, 2007
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Skinwalkers


Tony Hillerman is one of my favorite authors, Native Americans are a subject I enjoy, and Leaphorn and Chee are an odd but effective combo. I liked this adaptation and I like the PBS presentation. Check it out.

Don Schick
Don Schick

It's a Tony Hillerman book adaptation by the Director of Smoke Signals, Chris Eyre. How could it go wrong? Well, they found a way. Horrible film and a horrible book. It's sad that Wes Studi is in this film and you can tell he's out of his element portraying a Navajo as Adam Beach is. Beach cements his new role as the new Lou Diamond Phillps. Awful, awful movie. So bad it's almost hard to fathom.

Dee Loren
Dee Loren

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