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The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995)

PG | | Western | TV Movie 15 June 1995
In 1919, a cocky sophomore in the forest service has to learn life the hard way.

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A young ranger in the Montana wilderness discovers the great forces of nature while learning the importance of honor, trust and integrity. Legendary veteran ranger Bill Bell educates the young man and guides him toward manhood. The year is 1919-a time when being a ranger meant more than operating expensive equipment. Forest fires were fought with guts and courage, not chemicals and airplanes. Bill Bell was the toughest ranger in an elite crew of very rugged men. A figure of heroic proportions, he was generally feared and respected by all. It was even rumored that he had at one time killed a sheep farmer, which only fueled his already enormous reputation. The young ranger does everything to remain in the good graces of Bill Bell, the senior ranger he idolizes. Their tentative rapport grows into a friendship through a hilarious and heroic rite of passage in which the younger ranger meets the test-and the woman of his dreams. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Rated PG for a barroom brawl
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Ricky Jay plays a professional gambler and card shark who is an expert at manipulating a deck of cards. In real life, Ricky Jay is a professional magician who specializes in card tricks. See more »

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Mac: [In a gradually increasing crescendo of emphasis, starting in a normal tone, ending in a near roar] Red, let me ask you. Have you ever once, in your whole life, had one, single, solitary, original thought, that didn't bounce off from somewhere else? I mean, have you ever sat down, considered all the available information, weighed it all in your mind, sifted all the possibilities, discarded what you couldn't prove, sorted out what made sense, and came to your own, personal, original, Red McBride ...
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There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
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Written by Theo. A. Metz and Joe Hayden
First line sung during first explosion scenes also sung by Mac in the tent on the peak
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Nice family film - but needed a fuller story with more happening in it!
7 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the summer of 1919 young Mac joins the Forest Rangers. The summer that follows teaches him to be a man as he learns the meaning of hard work on the trail. He also clashes with the cook who turns out to have a secret talent beyond cooking and bonds with Ranger Bill Bell. During the summer he falls in love, experiences all types of weather and gets involved in a high stakes game of poker.

This is a very slow coming-of-age tale. Mac joins the Rangers and gets into several situations that help him grow up. Some of them are dull and meaningless, such as some of the walking scenes and the love interest, however some are very well done such as the relationships developing between the lead actors and the final poker game. The lessons he learns are not forced or overstated and there is something quite nice about a film with recognisable faces that is gentle with no violence, swearing or sex in it.

The main performances are good. Sam Elliot is good in his usual "weary" role, Jerry O'Connell is also good, he hasn't had much mainstream success yet but he can give good performances when necessary. The best performance (and best role) is by Ricky Jay. Always watchable in the surprising number of big films he's done, he not only gets to show off his card skills here but also his acting skills - he really is always interesting to watch and he's very good here. The worst performance is the off-screen narrator (an old Mac) who gives one of those traditional wise-old-American men things.

The film is very light on plot and it may be a bit boring for many. For me there were many bits that felt pointless. But overall it's an undemanding family film that has some good scenes, good performances, but you really wish that more actually happened during the film!


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