Set in the Hill Country of Texas during the late 1880s, the Texas Rangers find themselves up against one of their own. Shane Stocksteal turns from Ranger to outlaw by committing murder and fraud to reach his dream of political power. In the process Captain John MacIntyre is killed and his daughter, Kayla, runs for her life to find help. Before she can reach safety she is kidnapped and beaten by Stocksteal's men. But just before she is taken she sends her horse running free in the hope that someone will find the letter for help in her saddlebags. Jake Landers, a farmer with aspirations of being something more, is working in his field when he sees a lone horse grazing in the tall grass. He investigates, and when he finds the letter he is moved to help Kayla due to his strong conviction to always do what's right. This takes Jake from farmer to lawman and puts him face-to-face with both danger and his dreams of following in his father's footsteps. Written by
Robert A. Nowotny
Writer/Producer/Director Anthony Henslee actually grew up on a cattle ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas. See more »
When Kayla tosses saddlebags on the back of her horse, she nearly gets kicked by the startled, angry animal. See more »
Ben, I'm trying to get your attention. You almost got yourself killed today. When you're dealing with bad men, you got to act quick. You don't have time to think. You know better than that. You either cuff them, or club them, or shoot them. Don't stand around and talk about how the day went.
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A movie made by a bunch of friends of the director
This was 90 minutes of plastic acting by a bunch people who must be friends of the amateur director or whoever had access to the equipment. The plot felt like it was written by a high school drama class. The dialog must have been written by a Republican Bible school and was filled with clichés. Just before the big shoot-out, the bartender first expresses his confidence in the evil sheriff and then says, "If you're gonna dance with the devil, you have to pay the fiddler." Under normal conditions, the bad guy should have shot him, to the standing ovation of the audience. And all with the aged Roy Clark and Mel Tillis telling the story. Maybe Roy and Mel owed favors to the parents of all of the actors and director. It is filled with flash backs as the newspaper writer drags the story out of the two old boys with booze and flattery which makes it tedious.
I can say on the positive side that this movie has the greatest western hats I have ever seen in a movie. With the exception of some decent photography, this was equal to a few of the poorer B movie westerns of the 1950's without the nostalgia of having seen it in an actual theater. Even young people are too sophisticated for this drivel. Don't waste your time. Go back and watch something you've seen before ... before you watch this.
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