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Writers (WGA):
Heinrich von Kleist (book)
Dick Cusack (written by)
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Release Date:
17 April 1999 (USA) See more »
All men want justice. Few are willing to pay the price.
After being wrongfully denied justice, a horse trader seeks his own justice on a treacherous rancher. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Cusack ... Myrl Redding

John Goodman ... Judge Tolliver

L.Q. Jones ... Henry Ballard

Miranda Otto ... Cora Redding

John C. McGinley ... Woody

John Savage ... Slater

Rodney A. Grant ... Billy

Kurt Fuller ... Conrad

Rex Linn ... Shelby Dykes

Jay O. Sanders ... Atty. Gen. Metcalfe

Drake Bell ... Cage Redding

Nick Gillie ... Ollie (as Nicholas E. Gillie)

Duncan Fraser ... Edsel Fraser
Ken Pogue ... Judge Wilkins

Glenn Morshower ... Col. Jeffries (as Glen Morshower)

Ned Bellamy ... Kermit Dover

Brent Briscoe ... Sheriff Felton

Scott Wilson ... Governor
Valerie Planche ... Housekeeper
Nathaniel DeVeaux ... Dewey Austin
Bruce Flewelling ... Carey Sartin
J.C. Roberts ... Minister
Esther Purves-Smith ... Gussie Dykes
Patrick Richards ... Farmer #1
John Payne ... Grady Mathes
Corry Glass ... Daisy Mathes (as Corry Glass Lowry)
Byrne Piven ... Tub Weller
Raoul Ganeev ... Printer
Dick Cusack ... Jury Foreman
Jimmy Herman ... Crow Indian
Robert Lewis ... Captain
Chad Nobert ... Cheyenne soldier
Gina Williams ... Cheyenne woman
Madeleine Lefebvre ... Court clerk
Rick Poltaruk ... Browder
Ken Hurlburt ... Auctioneer
Tom Heaton ... Whitaker
Campbell Lane ... Clay Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Cusack
Catherine Sutherland ... (unconfirmed)
Ron Webber ... Ranch hand (uncredited)

Directed by
John Badham 
Writing credits
Heinrich von Kleist (book "Michael Kohlhass")

Dick Cusack (written by)

Produced by
Cammie Crier .... associate producer
John Cusack .... executive producer
Doug Dearth .... associate producer
D.V. DeVincentis .... co-producer
William E. Githens .... associate producer
Thomas J. Mangan IV .... executive producer
John C. McGinley .... executive producer
Daniel C. Mitchell .... associate producer
Steve Pink .... executive producer
Kevin Reidy .... producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Gale Tattersall 
Film Editing by
Frank Morriss 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Carol Lewis 
Production Design by
Rick Roberts 
Art Direction by
Tracey Baryski 
Set Decoration by
Louise Middleton 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Iloe Flewelling .... key hair stylist
Rose Gurevitch .... assistant makeup artist
Chris Harrison-Glimsdale .... hair stylist
Heather L. Ingram .... assistant hair stylist
Gail Kennedy .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Grace Gilroy .... unit production manager
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Jemus .... third assistant director
Elizabeth Scherberger .... first assistant director
Pamela Wintringham .... trainee assistant director
Richard Worden .... second assistant director
Art Department
Britt Bancroft .... set decoration buyer (as Britt Matheson)
Pierre 'Peeps' Bartlette .... head carpenter
Dave 'Grizz' Borley .... construction coordinator
Corran Brownlee .... storyboard artist
Laura Cuthill .... sets buyer
John Dambrauskas .... stand-by carpenter
Ron Darby .... construction buyer
Dean Eilertson .... property master
Jason Eskeland .... assistant property master
Dale Wesley Fischer .... painter
Gerald Gerlinsky .... head carpenter
Michael Hentges .... stand-by painter
Shauna Hepner .... props trainee
James A. Hosick .... set dresser
Charmaine Husum .... painter
Jean Jeffrey .... art department trainee
Brad Kaughman .... paint foreman
Brian Kent .... props
Carrie Marklinger .... set decoration buyer
Alan McCullagh .... lead dresser
Cameron Patterson .... carpenter
Melodi Petrigo .... art department coordinator (as Melodi McGill)
Gary Clayton Ripley .... head scenic artist
Robert Sawchuk .... on-set dresser
Randy Schrader .... head greens
Warren Simmons .... head carpenter
Dwayne Smolnicky .... lead dresser
Susan Turner .... first assistant art director
Bev Ulmer .... lead painter
James Weeks .... carpenter
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Garrell Clark .... sound mixer
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tom Dahl)
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital audio assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Kimaree Long .... adr recordist
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
Wade Maude .... sound trainee
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Joe Milner .... co-supervising sound editor
Joe Milner .... sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist (as James M. Moriana)
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Neil Porter .... dubbing recordist
Chris Sparkes .... dubbing recordist
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Kerry Dean Williams .... supervising adr editor
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Terence R. Bunce .... effects assistant
James Paradis .... special effects crew
Scott Stofer .... special effects supervisor
Scott R. Treliving .... best boy effects
Visual Effects by
Edward Irastorza .... visual effects coordinator: Digiscope
Guy Bews .... stunts
Chad Cosgrave .... stunts
Lyle W. Edge .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts (as Corry Glass Lowry)
Jason Glass .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunt coordinator
Tom Glass .... stunts
Billy Laye .... stunts
Roger Lewis .... stunts (as Rodger Lewis)
Quentin Lowry .... stunts
Allan Phillips .... stunts
Blake Schlosser .... stunts
Greg Schlosser .... stunts
Jim Shield .... stunts
Cam Sutherland .... stunts
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adshead .... key grip
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Jared Bunnin .... company grip
René Collins .... camera trainee
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Tim Dutchak .... lamp operator
Regan Enderl .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Derek Fyfe .... second assistant camera
Steve Giroux .... company grip
Mike Gould .... best boy electric
Charles Koetke .... company grip
Chris Large .... still photographer
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Fotojo)
Corey Lee .... best boy grip
Tim Milligan .... dolly grip
Damon Moreau .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Curtis Otte .... crane operator
Chooch Paglaro .... video assist operator
David Vernerey .... generator operator
Michael Woodland .... lamp operator
Casting Department
Victor Blanchette .... extras casting assistant
Sean Cossey .... casting assistant: Canada
Wanda Keam .... extras casting assistant
Sara Lewis .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Alyson Lockwood .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gaylene Fisher .... wardrobe trainee
Lizzie McGovern .... assistant costume designer
Heather Moore .... extras costumer
Tim Ranson .... set costumer
Christine Thomson .... costumer
Leah VanLoon .... wardrobe trainee
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Matthew Evan Walsh .... post-production coordinator (as Matthew Walsh)
Debra Beth Weinfeld .... assistant editor (as Debra Weinfeld)
Music Department
Dominick Certo .... supervising music editor
Tommy Holmes .... assistant music editor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor
Casey Stone .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Ray Breckenridge .... transportation coordinator
Grant McPhee .... driver captain
Bruce Milward .... driver: honeywagon
Doug Slupski .... driver
Other crew
John Albanis .... assistant: Mr. Reidy
Jacqueline Chuckrey .... production assistant
Anne Devereux .... assistant: Mr. Cusack
Lyle W. Edge .... wrangler captain
Anne Fraleigh .... set production assistant
M.K. Gleason .... production accountant
Miles Gorovich .... assistant production coordinator
Jill Heather .... trainee production coordinator
Peter Horn .... assistant location manager
Natalie Kangropool .... accounting assistant
Anisa Lalani .... production coordinator
Roger Lewis .... wrangler
Grace Loh .... coordinator: New Crime Productions
Nancy Joy McDonald .... script supervisor
Brooke K. McGill .... assistant: Ms. Gilroy
Paul Messick .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity director: unit publicist
Rino Pace .... location manager
John Perry .... stand-in
Stuart Robinson .... assistant accountant
Heather Roscorla .... assistant accountant
Heather Roscorla .... payroll accountant
Troy Rudolph .... production assistant
John Scott .... animal wrangler
Lyle St. Goddard .... stand-in
Cam Sutherland .... wrangler
Cathy Sutherland .... wrangler (as Catherine Sutherland)
Tammy Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Badham
Ron Webber .... stand-in
Jacqueline Wechselberger .... head accountant: Canada
J.T. Wotton .... production assistant
Lori Boyle .... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Rated R for some Western violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Wyoming state flag depicts a bison bull; The word "jack" is an archaic term for a flag; An early version of this flag appears in the film.See more »
Anachronisms: The same flag, with 50 stars, is waved by towns women when the Governor is having his photo taken in Cheyene with the women.See more »
Judge Tolliver:Well, I worry about you and me, Judge Wilkins. I swear to God I do, 'cause if this country gets ruined... it'll be ruined by people *like* you and me. This is a territory of unimportant people; most folks around here...
[laughs softly]
Judge Tolliver:can't even write their name. You and me... we're the important people. Trouble is, there's not enough of us important people to go around - we're spread thin, so sometimes, important things get ignored or don't get said. Like... take care of the little feller; see to it that he don't get ignored or cheated or insulted; make sure that his dignity does not get trampled on. Now you're feelin' bad right now, and by God, you ought to...
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Version of Michael Kohlhaas (1937)See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
How far would you go for what you believe in?, 12 June 2005
Author: H. Martin (~AleXa~) from Everman, TX, United States

This is an HBO original movie, but let me assure you this is of the caliber to have been a theatrical release.

This film makes a powerful statement about the importance of standing up for what you believe in and how you cannot just say what is right, but have the courage to take action when words fail you and see justice done, whatever the cost.

The setting is the beautiful mountains and frontier country of pre-statehood Wyoming; the man is Merle Redding (John Cusack), a simple horse trainer just trying to earn a living for him and his family; the problem is a wealthy cattle rancher named Henry Ballard (L.Q. Jones) buying up all the land between the homesteads and the nearest town. Conflict arises when Merle is taking some of his horses to town to sell at the auction and needs to pass through Ballard's new spread of land—previously unowned—as it is the only way to make it to the auction on time. And that is all I will say so as to not spoil any critical elements of the movie.

The first thing that stands out about the film is that the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. I could've done without the filters, but the sights are still something to behold. The actors are well-cast; John Cusack and John Goodman really shine in their respective roles. The screenplay (written by Dick Cusack, John Cusack's father) is well-thought out and succeeds in making the film come full circle. The characters are three-dimensional and the audience can easily relate to their individual struggles. As well, the parallel editing between Cusack's 'circumstance' and the parade for Wyoming's official statehood speaks volumes...very eloquent indeed.

This film should be a lesson to all of us to remember what's important and fight for what we believe in. We cannot settle for simply saying what is right and what should be done, but stand behind what we say. It reminds us to fight for the little guy and that one person *can* make a difference.

VERDICT: A moving film about true conviction of the heart; truly inspiring. Hands down one of the best westerns I've ever seen (which is a lot). On that note, if you don't like westerns, this probably isn't the film for you, but otherwise, it's a must-see.

8.5 out of 10.0

NOTE: To anyone who loves horses, this film will hit a particular soft spot in your heart—it certainly did for me…

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