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The Outsider (I) (1994)

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John Gower is a widower, trying to take care of his land and his daughter, JD. One day, he discovers a woman nearly dead. And he learns that his neighbor, Tom Fender, was killed. When the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gower
Vanusa Spindler ...
Juliana (as Vanusa Sppindler)
Sabrina Chateau ...
Ted Markland ...
Colonel Howling
Emilio Borelli ...
Sheriff Bowman
Judge Black
Frank (as Larry Zueg)
Logan Clark ...
Lea Anne Wolfe ...
Bill Roger ...
Tom Fender (as Bill Rogers)
David Stidham ...
Mr. Hunnicutt
Skip Konte ...
Wally Westcliff ...
Surrey Driver


John Gower is a widower, trying to take care of his land and his daughter, JD. One day, he discovers a woman nearly dead. And he learns that his neighbor, Tom Fender, was killed. When the woman, Juliana recovers, she reveals herself to be Tom Fender's mail order bride. John then tells the Sheriff about this. It seems that Colonel Howling wants to buy Fender's land, and a dispute ensues, cause thinking that Fender had no family, Howling arranges to buy the land at a public auction. And Juliana reveals that it was Howling's son who killed Fender and tried to kill her but Howling uses his influence to stop that but Gower who has grudge against Howling tries to prove her right. Written by <>

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Colonel Howling: I didn't see what my son was. Over the years, I quit lookin'. That's what killed him; it was my doin', not yours.
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20 February 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

There is much to admire in this independently made Western carved from a small budget and shot in Colorado, where the action takes place in 1879 Cottonwood. Due to a drought that has extended over many years, cattle ranching in the region is dying out, with most area residents moving out. One who has remained, John Gower (Grainger Hines), while riding near his property, comes upon a recently overturned buckboard wagon with a neighbour crushed to death beneath it and his new Brazilian mail order bride, Juliana (Vanusa Spindler), lying nearby and gravely injured. John takes the injured woman to his house where he and his young daughter J.D. (Sabrina Chateau) tend to her injuries, and where an attachment is formed between Juliana and the motherless girl, helping to ease J.D.'s loneliness. Gower's neighbour, Colonel Howling (Ted Markland), believes that if gold were to be found in local stream beds the worth of the dwindling grazing land would be greatly increased, and he therefore employs the services of a geologist for assaying purposes, at the same time attempting to acquire as many local holdings as possible, including that of Gower. Howling's son Adam (Robert Kotecki) decides to assist his father with the land grab, but when he substitutes violence for conventional business dealings, conflict with Gower leads to an inevitable showdown. The storyline has interest but is betrayed by banal dialogue and uneven direction, leading to a series of raggedly conducted scenes, with awkward blocking, while only Spindler invests her role with a consistently compelling style. The cast and crew are often used interchangeably and it is apparent that a good deal of sincere effort went into this production, marked as it is with authentically based production design and costuming in addition to exceptional cinematography, all enhanced by skillful post-production (but for some erratic editing). Colourful to the eye and never dull, THE OUTSIDER is too often burdened by a melodramatic scenario that would have benefited from additional cutting. However, all involved ostensibly enjoyed making the picture, many wearing several hats, e.g., Paul Freeman, who garnered FOURTEEN credits here, including one as a member of the cast and, among the others: original score, musical director, title design and sound editor; it would be difficult to give him a label, unless it were "Deeply Involved".

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