A classic western tale of hate, murder and revenge.
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The Kid
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The Stranger
George Nix ...
Cowpoke at the Red Snake
Dick Chaney ...
Cowpoke at the Red Snake
James Laughlin ...
Cowpoke at the Red Snake
Rick Haugh ...
Rusty the Barkeep
Louis Schwiebert ...
Tex / the Man in Black (as Lou Schwiebert)
Chris Lybbert ...
Pat Bourke ...
Tom McDermott ...
Lanky Smith, Bar 20 Rider
Adrienne Stout ...
Mary Meeker, Buck's Niece (as Adrienne Stout-Coppola)
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Uncle Buck Peters, Owner Bar 20 Ranch
Peter Ridet ...
Billy Floyd, Bar 20 Rider
Tom Gulager ...
Jimmy, Bar 20 Rider
Cliff Davis ...
Johnny, Bar 20 Rider
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A classic western tale of hate, murder and revenge.

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In a lawless land he was the voice of truth.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong Western violence | See all certifications »
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16 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Ballad of a Gunfighter  »

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Hopalong Cassidy for God's sake
11 July 1999 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie appears to have been an on the job training exercise for the Coppola family. It doesn't seem to know whether to be an "A" or a "B" western. I mean, the hero is called Hopalong Cassidy for God's sake. William Boyd must be spinning in his grave.

All the "B" western cliches are here. The two-gun pearly toothed hero in the white hat with the trusty steed ("C'mon Thunder"), the all-in-black bearded villain, the heroine in distress, the rancher in trouble, the cowardly sheriff, over the top bad guys etc.

The acting, with few exceptions, is strictly from the Yakima Canutt School of Acting. Chris Lybbert (who?) as the hero and Louis Schweibert (who?) as the villain look like they would have been more at home in a 30's Poverty Row quickie. The addition to the cast of veteran performers Martin Sheen, Robert Carradine, Clu Gulager and Will Hutchins helps a little, but they are not given enough to do to salvage this one.

What was the point of the Martin Sheen/Robert Carradine framing sequences? Are we to believe that the Sheen character was a ghost? What was the purpose of the black gloves? It just didn't make sense.

Being a great lover of westerns from all genres, I tried hard to find some redeeming qualities in this film. The cinematography was quite good and the settings looked very authentic. Aside from the hero and main villain, the other characters looked authentic.

If the producers were going to resurrect the Hopalong Cassidy character, they might have given some thought to portraying him as he was originally written - a grizzled foul-mouthed ranch hand with a chip on his shoulder, the kind of part Lee Marvin would have excelled in.

What else can I say but..on Thunder, on big fellow.


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