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Shadowheart -- As a boy, he saw his preacher father murdered. As a soldier, he witnessed the horrors of the Civil War. Now bounty hunter James Conners has returned to the town of Legend, New Mexico to capture the psychotic land baron who destroyed his childhood and to marry the beautiful girl he left behind.
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Release Date:
4 August 2009 (USA) See more »
James Conners came for Revenge... He found Redemption.
James Conners comes home to the town of Legend, New Mexico in 1865 to avenge his fathers death against the ruthless Will Tunney... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Angus Macfadyen ... Will Tunney

Justin Ament ... James Conners

Marnie Alton ... Mary Cooper

Tonantzin Carmelo ... Miakoda

Michael Spears ... Washakie

William Sadler ... Thomas Conners

Dean Alioto ... Spider

Ines Dali ... Velma

Anthony Michael Jones ... Charlie

Courtney Gains ... Finch

Shawn Reaves ... Johny Cooper

Charles Napier ... Sheriff Sanders

Daniel Baldwin ... Mr. T.S. McKinley

Steve Pink ... O'Toole

Rance Howard ... Wedding Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Alioto ... Thug #3
Matt Alioto ... Thug #4
Ruby Alioto ... Penny
Brian Ament ... Fourth Officer
Bruce Ament ... Third Officer
Jeff Barott ... Towns Person #3

Devin Brochu ... Young Johnny

Todd Cahoon ... Thug #1

Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh ... JD Harison

Miguel Corona ... Thug #5
Nigel Daly ... Garrick Haring
Jeff Enden ... Thug #2

Christian Fortune ... Young James
Tommy Giavocchini ... Griffiths

Fred Griffith ... Marshall

Ross Hagen ... Missionary
David Hendricks ... Townsfolk
Brandon Karrer ... Prisoner

Ricky Dean Logan ... Towns Person #4
Kevin McNiven ... Wedding Reception Singer

Trish Moreno ... Mrs. Lane
Stephanie Patton ... Young Mary
Tony Ritter ... Thug #6 (as Anthony Ritter)
Louise Salter ... Townsfolk

Zach Selwyn ... Deputy Brian (as Zach Swelyn)

Peter Sherayko ... Commanding Officer
Matt Silver ... First Captain
'Snake Dancer' Tom Troutman ... Tom

Larry Zeug ... Deputy

Marcos Akiaten ... Native American Prisoner (uncredited)
Lydia A. Butler ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Jonathan Erickson Eisley ... Town Drunk (uncredited)

Justin Rodgers Hall ... Big John (uncredited)
Elaine Meyers ... Native American Prisoner (uncredited)

Nikki Pelley ... Townsperson #5 (uncredited)
Jeff Sutherland ... A friend of James at the dance (uncredited)

Directed by
Dean Alioto 
Writing credits
Dean Alioto (screenplay) and
Peter Vanderwall (screenplay) &
Brad Goodman (screenplay)

Justin Ament (story)

Produced by
Bruce Ament .... executive producer
Justin Ament .... producer
Jeremy Danial Boreing .... executive producer
Rick August Goeckel .... associate producer
Joel David Moore .... executive producer (as Joel Moore)
Eric Presley .... line producer: second unit
Matt Silver .... associate producer
Patrick Stapleton .... line producer
Original Music by
Gregor Narholz 
Cinematography by
Andrew Huebscher 
Film Editing by
Dean Alioto 
Tim Silano 
Casting by
Billy DaMota 
Production Design by
Travis Zariwny 
Art Direction by
Melanie Rein 
Costume Design by
Chantal Filson 
Makeup Department
Sean Conklin .... additional makeup artist
Jed Dornoff .... makeup artist
Lauren Ernsdorf .... key hair stylist
Judy Staats .... makeup department head
Lexx Staats .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Patrick Stapleton .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erik J. Carpenter .... second second assistant director
Billy Greenfield .... first assistant director
Matt G. Sheets .... second assistant director
Art Department
Drew Adams .... art department production assistant
Ashley Eberbach .... art department production assistant
Jeffrey Lombardi .... art department (as Jeffrey Givens)
Christian Ramirez .... property master
Dan Schaefer .... pre-production artist
J. Zachary Smith .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Hidefumi Aoki .... sound effects editor
James Barth .... dialogue editor
Miriam Cole .... audio post coordinator
Thomas Corkran .... commentary re-recordist
Leobardo Ledon .... adr recordist
Leobardo Ledon .... foley recordist
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael McDonald)
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor (as Michael McDonald)
Manuel Mendoza .... sound effects editor
Burnie Neal .... boom operator
G.W. Pope III .... foley artist
G.W. Pope III .... sound designer
John W. Rampey .... foley recordist
Todd Smith .... foley recordist
John Taylor .... sound mixer: first unit
Brad Whitcanack .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Peter Allendale .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Kenneth Armstrong .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Tim Carras .... visual effects supervisor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer
Brandon Criswell .... compositor: Comen VFX
Brandy Handelman .... digital compositor: Comen VFX
Holly Rayman .... controller: Comen VFX
Marcos Akiaten .... stunt double
Jonathan Erickson Eisley .... stunt performer (as Jonathan Eisley)
Tony Ritter .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael S. Beckman .... lighting technician
Michael S. Beckman .... rigging gaffer
Ben Booker .... electrician
Miles Burke .... second assistant camera
Greg Capp .... assistant chief lighting
Marvin Cheng .... electrician
Jason Cochard .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Cotterman .... grip
Nicole Danyluck Thompson .... first assistant camera
David Doko .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Gamble .... grip
Adam Genzink .... grip
Rob Givens .... second assistant camera
Christian Grosselfinger .... gaffer
Michael Gulbin .... key grip
Tyler Harrison .... electrician
Brian Hart .... Steadicam operator
Michael Brian Hart .... Steadicam operator
Michael Brian Hart .... steadicam operator
Colleen E. Hayes .... still photographer
Jared Hoy .... gaffer: second unit
David Kane .... best boy electric
Ben Kobbs .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Erwin Landau .... additional Steadicam operator
Erwin Landau .... camera operator: second unit
Chase Livengood .... additional gaffer
Chase Livengood .... electrician
Aaron Marquette .... additional assistant camera
Kathryn Moss .... second assistant camera: additional (as Kathryn Comkowycz)
J.C. Spike Osorio .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Neil G. Phillips .... grip
Nickolas Redfud .... grip department
John Rogers .... lighting technician
Forrest Sandefer .... dolly grip
Larkin Seiple .... electrician
Zachary Sieffert .... additional first assistant camera
Theodore J. Smith .... lighting technician
Matthew Thiemann .... rigging electrician
Gregg Thompson .... grip: second unit
Vernon Wynne .... grip
Casting Department
Dan Velez .... casting
Dea Vise .... casting associate
Carmen Betancourt .... stand-in casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kalif Durham .... set costumer
Fanny Mac .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jon Berry .... assistant editor
Andrew Huebscher .... colorist
Music Department
David Santiago .... music score mixer
Other crew
Katie Botkin .... production assistant
Lisa Brown .... wrangler
Jason Chance .... production assistant
Kristine Familletti .... script supervisor
Ryan Wade Howard .... production assistant (as Ryan Howard)
Sean R. Jackson .... production assistant
Tori Kyes .... key office production assistant
Mark Litwak .... producer's representative
Kent Matsuoka .... location scout
Michael Mori .... key production assistant
Nikki Pelley .... wrangler
Michelle Poole .... production coordinator
Eric Presley .... production coordinator
Jere Sallee .... production assistant
Sylvia Wildfire .... set medic
Aaron D. Wright .... production assistant
Tenley Young .... production assistant

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Rated PG-13 for some intense western violence
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
USA:PG-13 (Violence) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45331)

Did You Know?

The film was dedicated to Justin Ament's Grandfather who died right before production.See more »
Plot holes: When James is having a flashback series of what all he's lost, he has one in which he sees his father being shot by Tunney and falling off the church roof. He was not present to witness his father being murdered by Tunney so he couldn't be having a flashback of it.See more »
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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Shadow-Cliché, 31 August 2009
Author: fwomp from United States

Being a proud member of's Vine reviewers, I found myself pondering why some movies were available on occasion (usually ones I've never heard of), while others were not. I also consider myself a responsible reviewer; in other words, I'll read, sample, or watch whatever it is I get from Amazon's Vine program, regardless of what it looks like on the outside. Unfortunately, a pattern is emerging for The Vine program films. These are the seldom heard of ones I mentioned earlier. To give you an idea as to what types of films are being offered through The Vine, I'll use this one — SHADOWHEART — as an example.

First, let's take into consideration the fact that the film was produced by first-time film production company Desert Moon Pictures. Okay. So. Big deal. Now let's look at the main actor, Justin Ament. His film repertoire is not exactly stellar. He's had a lot of uncredited work (see "extra"), obviously trying to break into Hollywood's mainstream. He's written two screenplays: this one, and another for THE PATH OF EVIL. The Path of Evil, like Shadowheart, hasn't been lauded as very good cinema. But why? Well, the easy answer is that the films just aren't that well thought-out nor well put together. In Shadowheart, we see cliché after cliché, and old character after old character. It's a recycle mish-mash of seriously poor proportions. Think of just about every Italian western starring Clint Eastwood and you'll have seen every character in this film many times over.

The only exception to the poor characters is Angus Macfadyen (best known for his role as Robert the Bruce in BRAVEHEART) as the wicked — but still cliché stereotype — Will Tunney. He played (perhaps overplayed) the role of the ruthless and amoral killer and made it, at the very least, fun to watch.

Everything else in this story was completely predictable. When I saw the young protagonist with the young girl in the beginning, I knew what would befall them long before it actually happened. And when I saw the sheriff trying to take the dastardly Will Tunney to the next town for imprisonment and possible hanging, I knew they'd never make it there. And this list of obviousness goes on and on and on and on.

So, getting back to my original quandary: why are some films available on The Vine and others aren't. Well, it's becoming painfully obvious now. Those DVDs that can't sell are given away in hopes of finding a sympathetic audience. But I simply cannot sympathize with drivel such as this. I'll write my review and post it for all to condone or trash, but I simply cannot give this film a positive spin when there's simply none to be found.

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