Director: Chris Eyre Cast: Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Saginaw Grant


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019
UPC: 0841887040228
Original Release: 2002
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Sales rank: 2,559

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Beach Jim Chee
Wes Studi Lt. Joe Leaphorn
Saginaw Grant Wilson Sam
Gerald Vandever Officer Gorman
Alex Rice Janet Pete
Nicholas Bartolo Tommy Nakai
Noah Watts Ruben Maze
Michael Greyeyes Dr. Stone
Sheila Tousey Emma Leaphorn
Concho Roman Capt. Butler
Jon Proudstar Davis Nakai
Crystal Van Keuren Nurse
Misty Upham Nina
Geraldine Keams Gina
Frank Soto Dugay
Drew Lacapa Bobby
Marla Finn German Wife
Ryan Polequaptewa Doug
Chesley Wilson Lonnie Mack
Terey Summers Gloria
John M. Janezic Maurice
Lisa Montour Wanda

Technical Credits
Chris Eyre Director
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Craig McNeil Producer
Cindy Moll Editor
Cindy Mollo Editor
Michael Nozik Executive Producer
James Redford Teleplay
Robert Redford Executive Producer
Richard Toyon Production Designer
Roy H. Wagner Cinematographer
Jo Willett Executive Producer

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Skinwalkers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the movie did not follow the book, it was suspenseful and kept your attention throughout. All the characters were interesting with good acting. The scenery was beautiful and since I love the Southwest, it brought back good memories. The references to the Navajo were interesting. I am sending this video to my cousin who loves Tony Hillerman and the Southwest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful...beautiful scenery...gosh I miss my home state (NM)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful scenery suspenseful story. I watched it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's fresh when a film that features voices that have not existed in mainstream cinema. This film was suspenseful. The character's presuppositions about situations based on their experiences was detailed and interesting to watch. The movie captured vast desert terrain as well as effectively letting the interior worlds of the characters unfold. Beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doesnt at all follow the book, but it is entertaining, nonetheless. Adam Beach does a good job and it is well directed. Definitely worth watching id say
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I realize that movies and books have different constraints and requirements, one at least expects a reasonable similarity. This movie does not provide that and suffers as a result. For one thing, the characters in the movie seem to be scrambled--i.e. a character who plays one part in the novel plays a different one in the film. In short the book is far better. I was quite disappointed but I suppose that, if I hadn't expected it to resemble the book, it wouldn't have been too bad.