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
Originally titled, "A Tall Tale of Texas", rewritten 2007. 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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This is a Western like they used to make 'em. A cast of mostly unknowns do a fine job of putting together an action-packed film the entire family can enjoy. There's no sex, hardly a cuss word, and while there's plenty of gunfights, by today's standards the violence is pretty tame. A film highly reminiscent of the Westerns so popular in the past. I've seen many high-budget films that aren't anywhere near as well done as Palo Pinto Gold.
In addition to the almost non-stop action, the film also has an excellent score, a kind of combination of Western swing, Mexican, and spaghetti Western themes. The Texas Hill Country scenery is also real pretty, and the cinematography shows that well.
One minor complaint is some of the horseback chase scenes. You can easily tell the riders are not running or even galloping the horses, but are in fact holding them back. One horse almost gets revenge on his rider, the actress playing Kayla. Look closely when she tosses saddlebags on his back and you'll see what I mean, and one very angry equine.
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