Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried... See full summary »
An all-black inner city school has to become an integrated school. Few dozen white kids are transfered there, but the black students are aggressively opposed to this. The school then approaches a tough black teacher for help.
Buddha has the power to change the nature of a person into their opposite. He uses this power only when the world is in danger. When a villain obtains plans that could be used for peace or war, Buddha turns him into a good guy. Now what?
A group of naive boys find that life as desperadoes in the west is more serious that they understood when they embark on abortive careers in bushwhacking. Violence, betrayal, sombre colours and a Beckettsian whimsy mark this ironic western. Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They unabashedly emulate and hold up western, and adult, behavior, for all to see and as boys they have a lot to learn, and as moviegoers, so do we. In this perfect film the boys hold up a mirror to the world, and our preconceived notions, about the west, what it is to be a man, and in doing so, truly show us the way as they try to find their's. They practically play at cowboys for us, until the real big bad world comes along and smashes in, with violence, a stark world around them and for us the viewers, our ideas about our past. And this is where the real story is. The lead actor Barry Brown as Drew Dixon brought this film to what most consider it's art-like appeal. His performance is haunting, beautiful, and unforgettable. Without him, there's no film, in my opinion. His foil is aggravating, oafish, Jeff Bridges who a fan of his, will appreciate, as he gets the boys time and time again into trouble none of them asked for. Young John Savage is there, rightly brilliant as usual, playing an evil snake in the grass. None of the characters are without pathos, redeeming factors, and a likability. The entire cast, named and unmentioned here, are perfectly cast and no bit routines are allowed, each with private identities enriching the story. This movie leaves me haunted and it is still the finest, and best of it's kind.
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