Backed by Robert Redford, this much-heralded movie, the first film to be based on popular novelist Tony Hillerman's series of books featuring American Indian policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, is a major disappointment.
Recently graduated from New Mexico University, Jim Chee (Lou Diamond Phillips) takes up duties with the Navajo Reservation Police, under Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Fred Ward), patrolling the arid, remote Navajo/Hopi joint-use lands in Arizona. Chee's counterpart on the Hopi force, Sheriff Cowboy
Dashee (Gary Farmer) has discovered a days-dead, unidentifiable body in the desert. The pair investigate a robbery at the Burnt Water Trading Post, run...