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Lone Rider (2008)

TV Movie  -  Western  -  12 April 2008 (USA)
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With heartening family drama and adrenaline-pumping action, Lone Rider is a western with guts, glory, and a powerful message. Bob Hattaway, an honored soldier, returns to his Western ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Bobby Hattaway
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Robert Hattaway
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Stu Croker
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Dora
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Curtis
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Constance
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Serena (as Angela Alvarado Rosa)
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Lloyd
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Vic
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Gus
Ann Walker ...
Irene
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With heartening family drama and adrenaline-pumping action, Lone Rider is a western with guts, glory, and a powerful message. Bob Hattaway, an honored soldier, returns to his Western hometown to discover that corrupt landowner Stu Croaker has become the most powerful man in the county. What Stu wants next is the Hattaway family business. And normally, what he wants, he gets. But when his strong-arm tactics turn deadly, Bob fights back with a vengeance. This is the West and it s going to get wild. Featuring an all-star cast including Lou Diamond Phillips, Vincent Spano, and Stacy Keach. Written by Anonymous

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You can see a crew hand holding his horse's reins as Stu gets back on his horse during the gunfight to make his fast getaway. See more »

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Bobby Hattaway: Curtis, are you getting fat?
Curtis: Just good livin' cousin, good livin'!
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18 April 2008 | by (Montana, USA) – See all my reviews

What a disappointment. I like Lou Diamond Phillips, and he and some other actors try, but the script, direction, and editing are terrible.

All the characters are one dimensional. The villain is so totally mean and one dimensional that one cannot fathom that he was Phillip's character's best friend when they were younger.

I wonder if the script was longer and it was butchered to fit into a 2 hour time slot on TV? Or was the script so bad this was all the director had to work with? Or was the editor at fault in fitting the movie into a 2 hour time slot? A number of scenes come so rapid fire to establish continuity and move the plot along, but they are so short and jarring that I wondered what I was missing.

For example, Phillips's character gets a woman he is interested in for a picnic. Cut to his cousin getting waylaid, robbed, and beaten. Cut to Phillips returning from the picnic to learn the news his cousin was robbed and beaten and was now at the doctor's place. Cut to talk with his family at the doctor's place about what happened (with no interaction with the cousin). Cut to two of the villain's henchmen beating up a homesteader and tieing him to a tree. Phillip's character witnesses it from a distance. (wait a minute, why is Phillip's wandering the countryside when he should be concerned about his cousin and retribution?) Henchmen ride off. Phillip's rides in and cuts the homesteader loose. The next we know Phillip's speaks with the sheriff to learn the sheriff won't do anything because he says the homesteader won't press charges and Phillip's wasn't there to witness the beating.

All the above happens over the course of a few minutes. There is a lot that could be expanded in each scene to give the scene weight, but isn't. Therefore none of it has any emotional resonance and is almost a montage, or could have been done by talking to explain situations. The actual picnic scene should have been there to establish a relationship between Phillips and the woman. I'm not sure why Phillips is attracted to this woman - could she be the only single woman in town not working at the saloon? Speaking of the woman, from the movie she worked for another business woman, yet in trying to remember her character name, IMDb apparently lists her a "Saloon girl". No... in the movie she has a conversation with the saloon owner about not working for him.

The fight scenes are poorly shot and edited. Lots of closeups and quick edits. The gunfights are dumb and lame.

The villain's wife spends half her screen time running around in corsets and bloomers with a drink in her hand, but somehow the movie can't even make that have a hint of sexiness.

Bad, bad, bad.


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