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Now tell me Mr Lawton, how do you enjoy being our head Bobby? That's what we call our policemen, you know. Or perhaps you don't know. You are evidently not a, travelled man
I haven't had any desire to travel half way around the world... see a country that's half the size of a good ranch in Texas.
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I had a feeling a third of the way in that, although 1 hour had already passed, this film was still going to feel like a regular length movie. It did. After watching this I wonder how any movie can not be 3 hours in length. The story was told well, built up nicely, climaxed grippingly, and then faded, well, awfully. Yea, didn't like the ending much. After 3 hours, could you believe it, I still wanted more.
The acting was perfect. At first you wonder who all these people are, it's a confusing cast of characters with a Marshal, and sheriff, the hired hand, his assistant, the rich British bad guy, 7 other rich guys in the high society club, the good guys, just so many people. And they're all speaking this 19th century Wyoming English that you struggle at first to know what the heck anyone's talking about, but I realized that the story will carry me through these patches. They sure did, Ma'am, and by hour 2 these people were my family and I was living he homesteading life (had to pause to Wikipedia what a Homestead was but that was worth the quick break and really educational).
I liked how, even though the British rich bad guy and his butler were evil jerks for "everything" they caused (I'm keeping this spoiler- free), they still managed to be hilarious at the same time ("Quick thinking, Sir" had me bursting). It added some good relief for this heavy drama. So we have heavy drama, a touch of comic relief, tons of action, romance, and of course the town prostitute who everyone respects, yes this movie had everything.
I watched this movie because I've decided to travel through all of Luke Perry's movies after marathoning 90210 and wishing for more of the Dylan McKay character. He does that in some of his later roles. In this one he does not but he plays this role perfectly. Same goes for everyone else.
The writing was exceptional. Sometimes the rare line is tossed out that is a bit cliché, but perhaps that's to be expected for a Western, no? The rest of the while the dialogue was incredible, the way everyone spoke was so appropriate sounding. Everyone sounded like in those days people just spoke smarter than we do now.
All in all, I enjoyed, then I was gripped, and I was moved. Great Hallmark movie that I highly recommend.
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