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After returning from Vietnam, a soldier finds that the government wants to take his land. The battle gets really ugly and Tommy Lee Jones gives a strong performance as a man who will die rather than give up his home. This was a tv movie- too bad not many people will get to see it.
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This clichéd little television movie shows a lot of promise but instead
plays by the rules and never breaks any of the rules of a made for
television film. The premise itself is nothing new and has been done a
few times before and after this was made, for example in the Van Damme
vehicle NOWHERE TO RUN. Unfortunately for the most part, this film is
all build up and a disappointing climax. You can really feel the
tension rise as the time limit to the confrontation between Jones, his
friends, and the government employees ticks down, and yet, despite a
bit of violence, nothing much really happens. There is a predictable
sickly-sweet happy ending, lots of nonsense, and an unbelievably low
I for one would have liked to see Tommy Lee Jones snuff it in an honourable way at the end of this film, but it ain't gonna happen. Instead he gets shot in the stomach, only for the wound to magically heal five minutes later when he engages in an old-fashioned fist-fight with the chief villain. This villain is played with relish by a baldy Terry O'Quinn, familiar from THE STEPFATHER films. Jones himself is actually quite good and macho as the hero who will stop at nothing to protect his land, all brooding menace and silent intensity. Sadly the same cannot be said of Dee Wallace Stone, who is absolutely awful as Jones' whiny wife! Old timers Ben Johnson and Pat Hingle lend credibility to the proceedings, but in the end this is a bit of a wasted opportunity and never raises above average.
Tommy Lee returns from Vietnam, and the government will take his land. The
families in the area have to move, but Tommy Lee will keep his land. Then
they start to fight, but only one or two die in the movie, but the front
cover said that it would be a fight to the death. -
I won this movie in a competition, but I would rather get something else.
Watch it for the fun, else you'll be disappointed.
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