Masterpiece Mystery!: Coyote Waits: An American Mystery Special DVD

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Its title comes from a Navajo proverb, and COYOTE WAITS carries all the supernatural suspense for which Tony Hillerman's novels are famous. Officer Jim Chee is convinced that a drunken Navajo shaman, Ashie Pinto, killed a fellow officer. Pinto won't deny it, but a kinswoman believes he is innocent, and her persistence drives Chee and Lieutenant Leaphorn deeper into puzzling ... More
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Its title comes from a Navajo proverb, and COYOTE WAITS carries all the supernatural suspense for which Tony Hillerman's novels are famous. Officer Jim Chee is convinced that a drunken Navajo shaman, Ashie Pinto, killed a fellow officer. Pinto won't deny it, but a kinswoman believes he is innocent, and her persistence drives Chee and Lieutenant Leaphorn deeper into puzzling mystery, with each new death.

Production Year: 2003
Writers: Tony Hillerman
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes

32 Reviews
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Sharon
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5.0 star rating
08/26/22
Loved it
Review by Sharon on 08/26/22 review stating Loved it
Loved it
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Greg
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4.0 star rating
08/18/22
Blu-ray Version a MUST!!
Review by Greg on 08/18/22 review stating Blu-ray Version a MUST!!
With my dreams of retiring to the southwest literally up in smoke, thanks to human driven climate change, all I'll have from this point on are fantasies about what could have been-and living images of what was decades ago. As wonderful as this Tony Hillerman trilogy looks on DVD the n Blu-ray editon is long overdue-and it will make every one of those New Mexican landscapes look absolutely stunning. Please make it happen this year! Thanks.
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Greg B.
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4.0 star rating
08/18/22
Please Release Blu Ray Editions of all Three Tony Hillerman Movies.
Review by Greg B. on 08/18/22 review stating Please Release Blu Ray Editions of all Three Tony Hillerman Movies.
Decades before the deadly consequences of human driven climate change hit the region as bad as were now seeing, the Southwest was my long sought retirement destination. With those plans now literally up in smoke, these images of captivating New Mexican landscapes are all Ill have left of dreams of what could have been. The long overdue Blu Ray edition of the Robert Redford produced Coyote Waits and Thief of Time can make those Big Sky Country scenes all but jump off the screen into my living room. Please make it happen this year. Thanks.
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BigFan
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5.0 star rating
07/02/22
Such a fan, needs digital copy.
Review by BigFan on 07/02/22 review stating Such a fan, needs digital copy.
I used to watch this when it was featured on tv back in the day, and always wondered why only 3 episodes were shown. Only to realize decades later when it appeared on Netflix that it was a miniseries and only 3 episodes where made. I didnt even know it was several novels until I did a internet search on why only 3 episodes. Such a shame as I enjoy all 3 just as much today as back then. The actors, writing, and music still stand true through time and just as relavant today as back then. The whole thing is so powerful, it stays with you. I wish they had made a full show back then, but hope it gets revived today. I used to have all 3 episodes downloaded on my cellphone from Netflix until it expired. Then I tracked down all 3 dvds and can watch at home now. My only issue is that the dvds dont have a digital copy of the episodes, or sell the digital copies on any platform such as iTunes from PBS. It would be great if PBS also made their dvds with a digital copy as I cant portably take the whole series with me when I travel, I can only watch at home. I would definitely pay extra for the digital copy. And fingers crossed a full show is made soon. Also, started on the novels as well and searching for audiobook versions of them to take with me.
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Charlene
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5.0 star rating
03/28/22
very interesting American mystery series
Review by Charlene on 03/28/22 review stating very interesting American mystery series
very interesting American mystery series
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Millie
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
08/18/20
Very Like the Book
Review by Millie on 08/18/20 review stating Very Like the Book
Loved the twists and turns of the story. The characters are all real people, with real backgrounds and feelings. Definately my view of the characters and the book. I would like to see more of Tony Hillermans stories.
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Serilda
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5.0 star rating
08/18/20
Mystery: Coyote Waits
Review by Serilda on 08/18/20 review stating Mystery: Coyote Waits
As a Hillerman fan I was skeptical that the movie would do the book justice, but this is another winner! The haunting imagery of the southwest and the Native spirituality comes through.Great production!
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Olddad
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5.0 star rating
08/18/20
An excellent rendition of Mr. Hillerman
Review by Olddad on 08/18/20 review stating An excellent rendition of Mr. Hillerman
This video is very accurate in the telling of Mr. Hillermans story.
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Kent
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5.0 star rating
08/18/20
Great mystery - true to Hillermans novel
Review by Kent on 08/18/20 review stating Great mystery - true to Hillermans novel
This is very well done TV mystery. All of the location shots in the American southwest add greatly to the story. Hillermans story brings out the culture of modern Native Americans and their connections to their traditions. I highly recommend this video.
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Kali
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5.0 star rating
08/18/20
Coyote Waits
Review by Kali on 08/18/20 review stating Coyote Waits
Wonderful visual s of Tony Hillermans novels. Depicts the conflict between Caucacian and Navajo cultures, while also shuwing their mutual understandings as well.
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Squeaky T.
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5.0 star rating
08/09/20
Intriguing Story
Review by Squeaky T. on 08/09/20 review stating Intriguing Story
Talk about a great mystery with lots of twists and bends.... I promise you wont know who the murderer is until the very end! Great interactions between Chee and Leaphorn as they investigate, great scenery, and intriguing plot - you can enjoy it more than one time! I have!
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Turk
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very Good and true to book
Review by Turk on 07/17/20 review stating Very Good and true to book
I am a Tony Hillerman fan and I have enjoyed this video. PBS always has very interesting, informative and entertaining videos.
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Bob
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Read the books,then enjoy these 3 dvds.
Review by Bob on 07/17/20 review stating Read the books,then enjoy these 3 dvds.
Have wanted to obtain the dvd every since saw the film on PBS some years ago. Well done and really enjoy the scenery and can relive the book.
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Tracey
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Coyote
Review by Tracey on 07/17/20 review stating Coyote
Love Tony Hillermans novels as I enjoy his well researched stories and learning about the history and cultural beliefs of the Southwest tribes. I have two other movies based on his books; this one fell short in that unless one has read the book it would be hard to follow the movie line. Also, the scene where Lt. Leaphorn is looking out with his dark glasses the moment was ruined as the movie camera is reflected in his lens. Come on now... Mr. Hillerman deserves better. The actors were well selected and did a good job in their portrayals.
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E.T.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Beautiful scenery
Review by E.T. on 07/17/20 review stating Beautiful scenery
Very satisfied with product. Have read all the Hillerman books. Found the movie lived up to the book. Interesting characters and spectacular scenery. Worth watching if only for the views of the Arizona mesas.
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Jsquare
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Excellent Hillerman Story
Review by Jsquare on 07/17/20 review stating Excellent Hillerman Story
This is an excellent story from Hillerman, a solid who-dunnit that has a sad but appropriate close. Definitely entertaining. The sound occasionally fades so I did a rewind to rehear some parts.
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Avocet7
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Mystery and culture
Review by Avocet7 on 07/17/20 review stating Mystery and culture
For me, the most interesting part of Coyote Waits is the allusion to, in this case, the Navajo culture that could be further explored such as the title and to whom one was permitted to speak within the Clan structure. also, the stunning images of this southwestern landscape illustrate what Hillerman has so deftly woven together in the ideas of regard for the Earth and personal ethics.
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Book D.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Coyote Waits Expectantly
Review by Book D. on 07/17/20 review stating The Coyote Waits Expectantly
The late Tony Hillermans mystery novels set in the four-corners area of the Southwest are among my favorite mysteries. Hillerman had a spare way with language as spare yet colorful as the country and peoples he described. He drew strong plots, vivid characters, and a deep undercurrent of love for the native American peoples who made up the focus of his stories. Through all of them runs a significant absence of violence; despite the murder(s) around which the plots focus, retribution comes by the outworking of natural forces rather than the quickness of the tribal policemens weapons. Coyote Waits is one of my favorite Hillerman novels. I was curious how a TV drama would capture Hillermans telling of this morality tale. This American Mystery Special production does a fine job of capturing the plot, the setting, and the general shape of the characters. The visual setting, in particular, is especially gripping, even to one who has actually seen the four corners a number of times and doesnt have to imagine it. The characters are well acted and usually seem to resonate with the novels characters. I do have a couple of quibbles, however. The Janet Peete character is plotted in the film as a Navajo attorney; in the book shes Anglo. That changes the force of Jim Chees concern to please her from the more complicated relationship of the book with the questions it raises for Chee to a much simpler one in the film. I also found the Joe Leaphorn character in the film to be less like the one in the book than I expected - more intense and pressing, quicker with a gun, so to speak. Quibbles aside, I found this an attractive representation of Coyote Waits.
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Pennyannie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Mystery Awaits
Review by Pennyannie on 07/17/20 review stating Mystery Awaits
Worth the price of the movie just for the beautiful scenery. The movie was very entertaining. Not a dull moment. The mystery kept me guessing. Good job.
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Klik99
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Always fascinating.
Review by Klik99 on 07/17/20 review stating Always fascinating.
Love Tony Hillermans books. He paints such evocative sights and sounds of the ecological area and weaves a treasured old tale into a modern day mystery. His characters are alive and translate well to the screen and the actors who portray them. Make more!


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