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Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 14 April 1992
Alone on "Executioner's Row," Ned Blessing is a haggard, old cowboy and former sheriff. With nothing more than reflections on a life that's been filled with danger and excitement, he marks ... See full summary »



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This intriguing tale, where the "good-guy" isn't always good, begins in the Spartan cell of a small town jail. Old Ned Blessing, having lived a long and tumultuous life awaits a rendezvous ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Blessing
Sean Baca ...
Young Jilly Blue
Jilly Blue
Timothy Scott ...
Deputy Sticks Packwood (as Tim Scott)
Texas Preacher
Bruto Half-Tongue
Tors Buckner
Tony Frank ...
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Vince Davis ...
Prison Reporter
One-Armed Jack Sample


Alone on "Executioner's Row," Ned Blessing is a haggard, old cowboy and former sheriff. With nothing more than reflections on a life that's been filled with danger and excitement, he marks his time waiting and hoping that the man responsible for his imprisonment makes an appearance before the hangman does. With only a few days left to live, Blessing recounts his unbelievable life story. We meet Ned as a young boy heading west with his father, Anthony. We see the brutal shooting of Ned's father by the notorious Bruto Half-Tongue and Ned's enslavement by the Commancheros, a dangerous band of Mexican outlaws. While in Mexico, Ned meets Crescencio, a healer and visionary who will watch out for Ned the rest of his life. We also meet the beautiful Jilly Blue, the love of Ned's life, and the ruthless Tors Buckner, Ned's worst enemy. With just days between Ned and the noose, Ned has nothing to gain and no time to lose. But as we witness how these characters helped to weave Ned's life together... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Between heaven and the hangman stands...




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Release Date:

14 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lone Justice  »

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Bruto Half-Tongue: What are you doing sitting under my little shade tree?
Anthony Blessing: Your shade tree?
Bruto Half-Tongue: Yes my shade tree. Isn't that right Ignacio?
Anthony Blessing: Well our apologies. We didn't know it was your shade tree.
Bruto Half-Tongue: Well, it's too late to say I'm sorry, amigo. Look, you have already used up all the shade. Now there is none left for me.
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Great TV Movie, Then It Falls Apart At The End!
14 March 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Ned Blessing (Daniel Baldwin) sits in his jail cell. As he awaits execution, he writes the story of his life, about how he was kidnapped as a child by Mexican bandits, lost the love of his life twice, and began the road that led him to the gallows.

Most of the time this made-for-television movie is delightful. Luis Avalos gives an incredible performance as a cook/mystic, also imprisoned by the bandits, who becomes young Ned Blessing's surrogate father and mentor. He's a joy to watch, as is Miguel Sandoval, who plays the sadistic leader of the pack.

There's great character actors throughout, including Chris Cooper, Jeff Kober, Rene Auberjonois, Bob Gunton, and M.C. Gainey.

However, all the fun is ruined by the dark, unsatisfying final act and abrupt ending, making this seem like only the first half of a mini-series and leaving many of the various subplots very much open-ended.

I seriously hope that the short-lived TV series and other related Ned Blessing projects clear things up a bit, otherwise this is not recommended!

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