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The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy -- Based on real events, this Texas-based tale uncovers the mystery of the events surrounding the legendary Hell's Gate, a cliff formation that rises out of Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. When a curious errand boy catches wind of one of America's most infamous crimes - the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - he falls in with two desperate men on the wrong side of the law.
The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy -- The story of how 'Hell's Gate' at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas came to have it's name. Relive the story of how three outlaws expeditions and encounters through historical 1870s Texas were remembered for a lifetime.


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  (in credits order)

Eric Balfour ... Will Edwards

Lou Taylor Pucci ... Kid Called Kelly

Henry Thomas ... John St. Helens

Jenna Dewan Tatum ... Katherine Prescott (as Jenna Dewan)

Summer Glau ... Maggie Moon

Kevin Alejandro ... August Edwards

Jamie Thomas King ... John Henry 'Doc' Holliday

Tanner Beard ... James McKinnon

Jim Beaver ... J. Wright Mooar

Robert Buckley ... Bacas Mitchell

James Lafferty ... Eigson Howard

Glenn Morshower ... J.H. Gordon

Buck Taylor ... W.H. 'Pete' Snyder

Stephen Monroe Taylor ... Tower Mitchell (as Stephen Taylor)

William McNamara ... Jones Moon

Michael Spears ... Kutseena

Eddie Spears ... Wakaree

Barry Tubb ... Sheriff Michaels

Drew Waters ... 'Champagne' Charlie Austin

Russell Quinn Cummings ... John Davis Howard (as Russell Quinn)

Brendan Wayne ... J.W. Barkley
Corey Knipe ... The Russian

Zahn McClarnon ... Quanah Parker

Lukas Behnken ... Jesse James / J. Frank Dalton

Chris Kinkade ... Doctor Bates

Patrick Malone ... The Harpist

Meredith Giangrande ... Madeleine Shea
Wally Welch ... The Bartender

Ken Luckey ... Tyler Thompson
Janice Beard ... Fannie Rhea
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Ables ... Bowler

Marcos Akiaten ... Moghey

Cathy Baron ... Rose Abbot
Rick Beard ... Deputy Lohman

Thomas E. Bentley ... Dallas Lawman #2
Bart Brown ... Bowling Referee
Gilbert Gomez ... Native American
John Hagemann ... Bowler

Jim Henry ... Dallas Lawman #3

David H. Hickey ... Robert 'Bill' Benson
Shane Hunter ... Native American

Ryan Lee ... Jeral Floyd

Evan Martin ... Frank Floyd

King Orba ... Tucker 'Tuck' Cornelius (as Mark Wallace)

Jay Pennington ... Bowling gambler
Steve Schmidt ... Jameson Benson

Jeff Schwan ... Dallas Deputy

Christopher Stull ... The Photographer

Michael Taber ... Johnny Moon

Savannah Welch ... The Priest Daughter

Farah White ... Madam Whitney
Matthew Lee Willis ... Fiddle Player
Scott Challgren ... Dallas Townsman (uncredited)

Lance Eakright ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Tamara Frewen ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Martina Griffin ... Native American (uncredited)

Matthan Harris ... Young Townsman (uncredited)

Brenda Kuciemba ... Maid (uncredited)
Jamie Lowry ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Craig Mooneyham ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Brandon Rex Sanders ... Townperson (uncredited)
Mitchell Self ... Saloon patron (uncredited)
Bruce Stewart ... St. Charles Patron (uncredited)

Gary Teague ... Saloon Patron (uncredited)

Laura L. Watson ... Townfolk (uncredited)

Directed by
Tanner Beard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tanner Beard 

Produced by
Tanner Beard .... associate producer
Meg Beatty .... associate producer
Summer Finley .... line producer
Jay Michaelson .... producer
Suzanne Weinert .... producer
Original Music by
Lexie Beard (music composer)
Cinematography by
Nathanael Vorce 
Film Editing by
Steven Garcia 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Christopher Stull 
Art Direction by
Yvonne Boudreaux 
Set Decoration by
Bart Brown 
Costume Design by
Kari Perkins 
Makeup Department
Jacenda Burkett .... key makeup artist
Terri Ewton .... department head makeup
Leola Perez .... hair stylist
Janet Tallent-Dickson .... makeup artist
Marlene D. Whiton .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Meg Beatty .... first assistant director
Travis Carr .... additional second assistant director
Mary Beth Chambers .... additional second assistant director
Angie Meyer .... second assistant director
Glen Moorman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Christopher .... leadman
Chris Clayton .... set dresser
Chris Combs .... set dresser
Debbie Cortez Haber .... art department coordinator
Justin Cox .... on-set dresser
Tim Dingle .... lead scenic
Forest Fagan .... assistant property master
Forest Fagan .... property master: second unit
Brittany Fletcher .... art department intern
Rick Moore .... construction coordinator
King Orba .... property master (as Mark Wallace)
Gary Strube .... carpenter
Desirae Wallace .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Sean McCormick .... boom operator
Sabi Tulok .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Regina Chapman .... special effects buyer
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Sabour Amirazodi .... visual effects
Steven Garcia .... visual effects producer
Christopher Scollard .... visual effects supervisor
Craig Carter .... stunts
Jim Henry .... stunts
Nick X. Henry .... stunt double (as Nick Henry)
Mark Norby .... stunt double
Jason Owen .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunt coordinator
Joe Self .... utility stunts
Matthew Lee Willis .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Blake .... video assist operator
Tony J. Brummer .... gaffer
Raul A. Erivez .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Gilpin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Keene .... key grip
Chris Lovely .... grip
Kyle Osburn .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Spencer Pharr .... best boy electric
Chad Lear Plunkett .... grip
Erik Untersee .... grip
Iskra Valtcheva .... dimmer operator
Farah White .... still photographer
Patrick M. Williams .... first assistant camera
Eric Young .... jib operator
Cory Foster .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Druck .... extras casting production assistant
Harley Kaplan .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda J. Chambers .... set costumer
M. Caroline Pruet .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Sabour Amirazodi .... colorist
Sabour Amirazodi .... data management
William Thomas Andrew Davies .... post-production facilities manager
Steven Garcia .... colorist
Zared Shai .... assistant editor
Music Department
Lexie Beard .... composer: additional music
Lexie Beard .... music supervisor
Lexie Beard .... musician
Lexie Beard .... orchestrator
Tanner Beard .... composer: theme music
Tanner Beard .... music supervisor
Joshua Burney .... composer: additional music
Joshua Burney .... composer: theme music
Joshua Burney .... musician
Mark Ford .... composer: additional music
Mark Ford .... musician
Michael Gibson .... composer: additional music
Michael Gibson .... musician
Ron Knuth .... musician
Jeremy Logeot .... musician
Reuel .... composer: additional music (as Reuel Meditz)
Reuel .... musician (as Reuel Meditz)
Transportation Department
Greg Faucett .... transportation coordinator
David Holt .... driver
Jesus F. Tellez .... driver
Other crew
Debbie Bilski .... key craft service
Randy Bilski .... on set e.m.t.
Carlos Boillat .... intern
Anne Carr .... script supervisor
Travis Carr .... set production assistant
Craig Carter .... head wrangler/stunts
Ashlee Cohen .... production coordinator
April Crump .... payroll accountant
Dustin Daniels .... key assistant location manager
Sarah Dowling .... talent liaison
Adam Garrett .... intern
Jenny Goddard-Garcia .... key set production assistant (as Jenny Goddard)
Wes Green .... intern
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager
Samantha Hollingsworth .... key set production assistant
Meredith Honig .... assistant production coordinator
Erin Malloy .... production executive
Nikki McCoy .... production assistant
Jason Owen .... wrangler
Thell Reed .... armorer
Michael Saleman .... production attorney
Vernon Smith .... locations production assistant
Danny Sutedja .... locations production assistant
Jenni Wieland .... production accountant
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive
Caitlin Costello .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zane Taylor .... assistant wrangler (uncredited)
Zane Taylor .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zoja Ulesoo .... production intern (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, brief language and partial nudity
108 min

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
If at first you don't succeed ..., 6 August 2012
Author: swimtwobirds from Australia

Some 15 years ago I wrote a piece 'eBooks: the future of storytelling' in which I speculated on how technological advance changes the way stories are told, indeed, changes the stories themselves. Amongst other then rather fanciful prophecies I foretold a device which would project odour to accompany a movie story. Now I see that this has at last become a reality; at least, this Hell's Gate really does smell - like an overused outhouse on a hot summer's day.

Any movie is a story; and a story must be coherent; this is not. Satyricon is not; it is a pastiche – but it took a genius like Fellini to get away with it. That Hollywood will spend millions on CG and explosions while at the same time keeping the writers' bill down in the thousands, and that begrudged, is well known. But for the rising indie, the rebel who seeks to displace the big guys, hopefully by artistic skill and quality, to produce a story based on a script jotted on the back of an old envelope is not the way to go. Your job is to tell a coherent story; do it with all of the ornamentation you can add, but never so much that its coherence is lost, or even threatened.

Scripts comprise actions and dialogue; there was plenty of action in this movie, some of it even meaningful, but of dialogue – well? Were we witnessing a new trend in movie-making, the all-ad-libbed attention addler? Could the 'talent' not remember their lines? Did they know what 'articulation' and 'enunciation' mean? Or could the handi- cams not pick up their voices? Not enough interest to do a few voice loops in post-prod? If Shakespeare had written a grunt for Hamlet to recite instead of 'To be or not to be' and the next 20 lines, the world of theatre would be a poorer place; yet this malodourous malevolence of a movie apparently seeks to promote the grunt as mankind's last word in oral articulation and verbal communication. The grunt, while having the merit of brevity, does lack specificity.

Another element required of a story is that its audience relates to it – they relate to the characters. Often audiences relate to the guy they see on the screen – the actor – instead of to the character; but that's Hollywood for you, either way those bozos make money. Indies don't have Cruises or Schwarzneggers in their budgets; but they can cast an actor into a suitable part and support that actor into dressing out and projecting the character, and its development, if they have the skill. Mr Beard, why didn't you do that?

With camera tripods so affordable, and good liquor so dear, how come the decision to use camerapersons apparently afflicted with the shakes and the staggers?

And what was the dreadfully delivered Oirish accent all about? Thousands of very talented Irish in the world (meself, for example), all with accents, many with acting skills, eager for a chance, and you have to offend an entire nation by putting this gratuitous foulness into your 'script'? Of course, since there is so little else in the script, perhaps the multi-talent-free 'writer', 'director' and (of course) his own 'leading man' felt obliged to put something in – anything! I suppose he called it 'color', or 'character' when he was begging dad-in-law for the backing.

I think the whole movie was best epitomised by the shoot-out scene in the bar and outside it – 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.' While we may be amused at the great waste of gunpowder as against the minimal resulting carnage – how very opposed to Hollywood is this! – we are ultimately not engaged because we have no idea who these people are, or why they are doing this – and so we frankly don't care. Which is the single most telling aspect of this movie that you project, Mr Beard: we don't care, most likely because you didn't.

Yet it's not a total loss; what merit came through incites me to say that I hope you try again.

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