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The Dark Wind Details


Noted documentary filmmaker Errol Morris made his dramatic feature debut with this story about murder and other dirty dealings on an American Indian reservation. Recent college graduate Jim Chee (Lou Diamond Phillips) has just taken a job with the Navajo Reservation Police in Arizona, where he helps keep the peace with his superior Joe Leaphorn (Fred Ward) on land earmarked for joint use by Navajo and Hopi tribes. Cowboy Dashee (Gary Farmer), a sheriff from the Hopi law enforcement group, discovers a decaying and unidentified body in the desert, an event he thinks may be linked to a recent robbery at the reservation's trading post. The shop's Hopi manager, Jake West (John Karlen), is convinced that Joe Musket, a Navajo drug dealer and ne'er-do-well, is responsible, and as Chee and Leaphorn investigate the murder, the robbery, and a mysterious plane crash, they find themselves drawn into a web of corruption, prejudice, and deceit. Dark Wind was based on a novel by noted crime author Tony Hillerman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Lou Diamond Phillips
as Officer Jim Chee
Fred Ward
as Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn
Gary Farmer
as Sheriff Albert "Cowboy" Dashee
John Karlen
as Jake West
Lance Baker
as Mr. Archer
Jane Loranger
as Gail Pauling
Gary Basaraba
as Larry
Guy Boyd
as Agent Johnson
Blake Clark
as Ben Gaines
Michelle Thrush
as Shirley Topaha
Ivory Ocean
as Curtiss
Billy Beck
as Motel Clerk
Fidel Moreno
as Workman


Errol Morris
Patrick Markey
Neal Jimenez
Eric Bergren
Stefan Czapsky
Michel Colombier
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Bafaloukos
Production Designer
Robert Redford
Executive Producer
Bonni Lee
Executive Producer
Corey Kaplan
Set Designer
Eugenie Bafaloukos
Costume Designer