The Dark Wind (1991 film)

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The Dark Wind
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Errol Morris
Produced by Robert Redford
Patrick Markey
Written by Eric Bergren
Neal Jimenez
Starring Lou Diamond Phillips
Fred Ward
John Karlen
Gary Farmer
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Edited by Freeman Davies
Susan Crutcher
Distributed by Seven Arts Pictures (through New Line Cinema)
Artisan Entertainment
Release dates
  • November 1991 (1991-11) (London)
Running time 111 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Dark Wind is a 1991 theatrical mystery film based on The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman, one of a series of mysteries set against contemporary Navajo life in the Southwest. It stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Jim Chee and Fred Ward as Joe Leaphorn.


As Officer Jim Chee watches a windmill, trying to catch the vandal repeatedly sabotaging it, a small plane crashes nearby. Thus begins a tangled story involving not only the vandalism and the crash, but murder, drug smuggling, and burglary. Officer Chee is suspected by the FBI when drugs known to have been on the plane are missing.[1]