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A Thief of Time
A Thief of Time
Actors: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey
Director: Chris Eyre
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2004     1hr 34min

Navajo tribal policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are back for a third thrilling MYSTERY! case, based on the bestselling novels of Tony Hillerman. An archaeologist turned pottery poacher thinks she has cracked the secret o...  more »


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Actors: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey
Director: Chris Eyre
Creators: Roy H. Wagner, Freeman A. Davies, Craig McNeil, Robert Redford, Alice Arlen, Tony Hillerman
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 08/03/2004
Original Release Date: 07/11/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 07/11/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Esperanto

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Movie Reviews

Mmm good movie but...
A. Canavan | Portland, Oregon United States | 01/11/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I just finished the book a Thief of Time and then watched the movie. I really had to let go of the book in order to sit back and enjoy the movie(and also for my partner too, since I kept saying "but that is not right"). The characters were great depsite some changes. One for instance that kept bugging me on and off throughout the movie was Jim Chee. This is not the Jim Chee in the books...this Jim is more naive, innocent, lacks some of self responsiblity that he has in the books and much more talkative. Jim 'talks' a lot in the books..but that is because we are in his head but he is less talkative to people. He waits. He is patient. He listens. He is observant. These are not traits found in the Jim Chee in the movie.

Plus, Joe and Chee have a respectful, guarded, but not really like each other relationship at this point in the series. In the movie, Chee is thinks the world of Joe and likes him quite a bit.

I know it doesn't sound like, I enjoyed the movie..but I did. I am just sharing that it might be best to let go of what you have read in the enjoy the film."
Bad adaption of a good novel
Rajesh Rathi | Mountain view, CA | 02/15/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The movie adaption is not up to the high standards set by Hillerman's novel [Novel gets a 5-star]. It had the elements to make it a good movie - great story, great actors and the most beautiful setting in the world, the Southwest.

But they botched it up- bad direction and screenplay. The deviations from the original story (not major) and the additions were not needed. The scenes are incoherent and some left unexplained. Some of the dialogs are plain stupid, for instance - Emma shows up at Janet's apartment at 5 am looking concerned. And Janet says "This is not a good time". In the end it appears as if Leaphorn did not solve the case at all (different from novel).

The pluses - Authentic locations (except at Chaco). Good acting by Studi and Beach. The movie does a decent job of showing the Navajo life on reservation, being somewhat true to the novel. And if you are bored of watching NYPD, CSI-Miami etc. etc., the Navajo Tribal Police Dept comes as a refreshing change."