Sheriff Ben Trask (Elliott Lindsey)is chasing a speeding car driven by Keema GReywolf (Cody Bearpaw) and his wife (Imagene Goodshot)when Keema's car has a blowout and crashes into a ravine. Keema blames the sheriff and in his anger draws Trask's gun, wounds the sheriff and kills his deputy. He escapes to Texas but is captured and held for extradition. The Basset brother, Leroy (John F. Goff), Wilbur (George 'Buck' Flower) and Melvin (James A. Ward), take Keema from Deputy Hector Chavez (Robert Padilla as Bob Padilla), and Keema releases Chavez with a message of revenge for Sheriff Trask. Keema and the Bassetts drive to a secluded mountain cabin, inhabited by Charlie Zornes (Dick Winslow), his wife Alma (Lilyan McBride), and their deaf-mute daughter, Twila ('Bobbi Shaw'), take the Zornes' camper and attempt to escape the roadblocks and posse headed by Trask.Written by
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The three Bassett brothers - Leroy, Wilbur & Melvin - plot to break their Native American friend, Keema, out of police custody. Keema was arrested for killing a deputy and wounding Sheriff Trask and was in the process of being extradited out of Texas. Leroy is a God- fearing, Bible quoting lunatic played by John F. Goff. Goff is over- the-top in his rantings at times, but this was a very good performance. George "Buck" Flower plays the mostly-drunken Wilbur and James Ward plays the youngest brother, Melvin. The fact that Leroy's name is in the title of the film is somewhat misleading. The film is not about Leroy Bassett at all, it's about a revenge story surrounding Keema (Cody Bearpaw) and Sheriff Trask (Elliott Lindsey). Keema holds Trask responsible for the death of his wife, which led Keema to shoot the two police officers.
As far as the plot goes, more time could have been spent on the sheriff, as it would have helped the ending of the film and a decision made by Trask. Instead the story focuses on first the brothers and their plan, then the evading of the authorities by Keema and the brothers. This detracts from the story, but what story is told is still solid.
Director Robert E. Pearson has a low budget but he makes good use of locations. The story takes place in a rural setting and has a western feel to it, and the climax takes place in snow-covered hills in the mountains. It may not be stylish, but the camera-work and production are very good.
The Devil and Leroy Bassett has a few issues with story focus but is still a very good rural crime/revenge story. 7/10.
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