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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)

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The film was dedicated to Justin Ament's Grandfather who died right before production.See more »
Anachronisms: In a Saloon scene, a poker player is clearly seen wearing a modern style wristwatch. Wrist watches did not exist in the American West in 1865.See more »
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Too many slips ups in authenticity prevented me from enjoying this movie., 5 September 2009
Author: jorguy from United States

This movie could have been more fun than it was but some of the people in charge of doing it right either didn't care or lacked the knowledge to do it right.

Some of the plot was predictable and seemed amateurish. The plot lacked realism and it didn't have to do so. For example, at one point our star is seriously wounded, but recovers with amazing speed as does his brother-in-law who experiences a painful injury. Within a day or two both are up and moving around like there was nothing wrong them. The director could have shown these guys slowly recovering and show some pain from their wounds once they do get back into action. Come on. That would have been easy!

The film lacked period authenticity. There is an outdoor evening wedding dance that is illuminated by what appear to be round "Chinese lanterns." Inside can be seen light bulbs. This is suppose to be 1865 and post Civil War. The light bulb hadn't been invented yet! Who was your technical adviser on this show?

A period of time elapses from the opening scene to the later ones and yet some of the characters never aged. The sheriff looked older in the beginning of the movie than he did at the end. In the opening scene two women are seen walking down the street with dome like parasols over their heads. Amazingly these women show up walking down the street years later with the same parasols.

There was no need to make out two surveyors to be bumbling eastern hicks. They could certainly still show fear at having been threatened but surveyors in the west would not have looked, acted and been dressed like that. The costumer, Jenevieve Busseau, and Wardrobe supervisor, Fanny Mac, get low marks for authenticity in this movie.

During the early Civil War battle scenes we see Union infantrymen with bright white canteen straps. These appear to have been newly issued from the prop department. Canteen straps got dirty pretty quick during the war and the prop guys should have dirtied them up so they could hardly be seen.

In the battle scene we see the bright yellow stripe of a cavalry sergeant as he bayonets a Confederate soldier. Possible, but more believable would have been to see another Infantryman doing it. Cavalrymen didn't tend to carry rifles that had bayonets unless they were mounted Infantry and then they wouldn't be showing that yellow stripe.

Questionable authenticity is also true in the scene where a few Navajo Indians are being herded of by some Union troops and being taken to a reservation. In addition in that scene, neither the commanding officer or his subordinate officer wore shoulder straps or any kind of insignia. After the Civil War the volunteers were back in their home states. The Regular Army was back in charge and uniform regulations would have been more adhered to. It is doubtful that two officers would have been dressed like these two were in the herding scene. The subordinate's double breasted coat indicates his rank as being that of a major or higher. That means that you had a major and his superior officer, who had to be at least a colonel, leading a small band of less than a dozen Indians to a reservation. Nope. Wouldn't have happened.

In another scene, the first prisoner that our star brings in to justice doesn't have a hat. Why not? It was hot. Everyone wore and kept a hat. The prisoners face was well tanned though, as if during the day he didn't wear a hat. Maybe he was a 2009 tanned movie star and not an 1860's desperado! Take a look at today's cowboys and farmers. The tops of their foreheads are white from being shaded from the sun by their hats. Put a hat on the bad guy!

There were more but that's enough. In summary, while some scenes were well done and the actors were appropriately dressed, there were too many slip ups to let us just sit back and enjoy the movie. Let's hope the next attempt at a western or a Civil War period movie hires technical experts that will be listened to and will thus help make the film more believable.

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