Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey doesn't ... See full summary »
Tommy Lee Jones,
'Captain' Call has just buried Gus at Lonesome Dove and plans to head back to his ranch in Montana. Looking at a herd of wild Mustangs, he decides to drive them north with the help of Isom ... See full summary »
Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a ... See full summary »
Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes. Written by
After the final gun fight when they are standing in the barn, Print has his left arm around two of the girls and Nola is standing to their right. When the camera angle changes, Nola is now standing between the girls with her arms around them. See more »
Without marriage and women we'd all have been drunk, shot ourselves to death, or died of the clap.
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As a director, Hill hardly ever makes a mis-step; just take a look at his credits page. Of course, Duvall dominates this excellent western, but Church more than holds his own in a story about helping those who need help because you know it's the right thing to do. The action sequences are great without being so over the top as to strain credulity. One small detail I enjoyed in Broken Trail was that the main characters were ranchers/wranglers and in the shoot outs, they almost exclusively used carbines. I think I saw them fire one round from a sixgun in the whole film, and I don't remember Duvall even wearing one, at least not most of the time. This is so much closer to a believable West than the usual, "I'm a stockman, but I also happen to be the deadliest pistoleer/gun juggler/knife thrower in the West," stuff we usually get. The hero characters were well developed and the bad guys were absolute scum. This is no Open Range or Lonesome Dove, but it is very much worth watching. Both sides of the western film-making debate may be right. There is a big audience for westerns, but they don't go to the movies much. Either they live in areas where new theatrical releases don't show up right away, so the majority of the audience can't impact opening-weekend numbers, or they're so into the western spirit they can't abide people talking on cell phones and kicking their seatback through the picture. But put a good one on TV (Crossfire Trail, Last Stand at Sabre River) and you set records. Keep 'em coming!
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