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Forsaken (2015)

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Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Purves-Smith ...
Shot Child Mother
Reverend William Clayton
Lex Cassar ...
Tim Slade
Graeme Black ...
Hank Plummer
Mr. Parsons
Silver Barrel Bartender
Frank Tillman
James McCurdy
Bob Waters
Little Ned
Michael Mitchell ...
Clyde Burnett
Justin Michael Carriere ...
Ed Tealy


John Henry returns to his hometown in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, but a local gang is terrorizing the town. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, however he has abandoned both his gun and reputation as a fearless quick-draw killer. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forsaken  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was shot at the CL Ranch of Calgary, Alberta right after Discovery Channel's Klondike (2014) had wrapped, meaning the town had to be quickly transformed from a booming city circa 1890 to a not-so-booming town in the wild west circa 1870. See more »


When Demi Moore and Kiefer Sutherland are drinking coffee on her porch, the mugs they use appear to be modern polished stainless steel mugs, that were not produced until much later in the mid 1900's. See more »


[first lines]
Rev. Clayton: Your mother is dead.
[turns and walks back into the house]
John Henry Clayton: [follows him into the house] I did not know that she had passed.
Rev. Clayton: How could you?
John Henry Clayton: If I had known that she had been sick, I'd...
Rev. Clayton: You would've done what? You would've come home if you knew she was dying? But you couldn't come home when she was living, when she was full of hope?
John Henry Clayton: How did she pass?
Rev. Clayton: In my arms, lying beside me in bed. Weeping. Calling out your name.
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Excellent Old School Western
24 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There has been a number of westerns being released recently, from the excellent Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight & the Revenant to the decent Diablo.

The Forsaken doesn't compare with the greats, but is still an excellent old style Western. The problem with this, is that it will be judged for being to old fashioned. If not for the swearing by the great Brian Cox, this is a Western that could have been made in the 60's with Glenn Ford or Randolph Scott.

All performances are excellent, and the reviewer saying that Kiefer Sutherland overacted, he must have been watching another movie. Donald Sutherland is equally as good as his father. Michael Wincott is also worth mentioning, in a memorable role as a hired gun. He seems to be channelling Val Kilmer in Tombstone. As mentioned before, Brian Cox is excellent as the villain, using up the films swear quota. The only poor lead role is Demi Moore, which is not down to her acting, but limited screen time and development. Still give her points for not being vain and letting her grey hair show through.

The plot isn't the most original, but gets the job done. Jon Cassar does a great job of directing and the Canadian scenery that is used looks terrific.

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