Sweetwater (2013)

R  |   |  Thriller, Western  |  11 October 2013 (USA)
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In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.


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In the late 1800's, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones: "Mad Men") is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs: Harry Potter series), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris: Pollock, The Hours, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) who has pretty violent tendencies of his own. Written by ARC Entertainment

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Revenge is Sweet.


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11 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Sweetwater  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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In the scene where Sheriff Jackson (played by Ed Harris) shoots Kingfisher (played by Luce Rains) in the hand after roughing him up at the sheriffs office, Ed Harris accidentally fired a shot very near to Luce Rains face during one of the takes. Rains was not injured since the guns were props and were only loaded with blanks. See more »


When Prophet Josiah is spreading mud all over Curly's body and face, the amount of mud on his right cheek changes between camera shots. See more »


[first lines]
Sheriff Jackson: Hoo-whee!
Sheriff Jackson: Hoo-whee!
Sheriff Jackson: Hoo-whee!
Sheriff Jackson: Sir, you awaken our good man! Though the night is made for lovin', and the day, she comes too soon, yet we'll go no more a-rovin', boys,
Sheriff Jackson: by the light of the moon. Whoo-leee! Whoo-leee! Whoo-da-leee!
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70s revenge film transposed into a Western
2 April 2014 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The plot: A psychotic preacher goes too far when he begins indiscriminately murdering innocent people. A manic sheriff and gun-toting ex-prostitute team up to stop him and his followers.

I liked this film, but it's really quite shallow. If you can enjoy a minimalist, high-concept revenge thriller, this is actually pretty enjoyable. Just don't look for anything more than violent action scenes, despicable villains, and violent anti-heroes who would make Clint Eastwood proud.

As I expected, Ed Harris is the highlight of this film. His crazy sheriff is unpredictable, darkly humorous, and fun. The little bits of back story that we were fed make him intriguing, but it's a bit unfortunate that they never capitalized on any of it. I thought that maybe there'd be plot twists and complicated alliances, like a Sergio Leone film, but I guess this isn't that kind of film. No, it's basically a beat-em-up video game where the hero kills all the villain's henchmen and then does a boss fight.

There are quite a few postmodern touches to the film that may annoy old-school Western fans. For one thing, this a modern revenge thriller that's been transposed into a Western setting. As such, I don't think this was really meant to appeal to fans of classic Westerns. Instead, it's going for the Quentin Tarantino crowd, though it could have used more style and quotable dialog. For a poor man's QT film, this is not bad, but I'd recommend the real thing instead.

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