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Into the Badlands (1991)

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A bounty hunter searches the west for a wanted outlaw named Red Roundtree.


Sam Pillsbury


Heck Allen (short story "The Streets of Laredo") (as Will Henry), Marcia Muller (short story "The Time of the Wolves") | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... T.L. Barston
Mariel Hemingway ... Alma Heusser
Helen Hunt ... Blossom
Dylan McDermott ... McComas
Lisa Pelikan ... Sarah Carstairs
Andrew Robinson ... Sheriff Aaron Starett
Adan Sanchez Adan Sanchez ... Hector
Jerry Gardner Jerry Gardner ... Businessman
Glen Burns Glen Burns ... Businessman
Steve Tyler Steve Tyler ... John Heusser
Oryan Walsky Oryan Walsky ... Margaret Heusser
Loren Haynes ... William Carstairs
Michael J. Metzger Michael J. Metzger ... Red Roundtree
Reynaldo Cantu Reynaldo Cantu ... Pockmark
Luce Rains ... Tom (as Steven Schwartz-Hartley)


A bounty hunter searches the west for a wanted outlaw named Red Roundtree.

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A world where the only bounty is death. See more »


Horror | Western


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Release Date:

24 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fejvadász See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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T.L. Barston, Bounty Man: Back in the days of the old West, there were these stretches of territory that I think God and nature just plain forgot about... dark and parched and empty as the moons of Mars. Places where sensible men never vertured... where only dreams and phantoms walked. Kind of a way station between civilization and the Ninth Circle of Hell - The Badlands.
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Weak on story, but excellent Old West atmosphere. Worth seeing...
5 March 2002 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

This movie is a bit of an odd duck - it is sort of like an episode or two of "Twilight Zone" masquerading as a western. Nothing wrong with that, it's just that the various story threads in the movie never get developed to their fullest.

However, what this movie lacks in the way of compelling story development, it more than makes up for with a very rich, absorbing Old West atmosphere. There is just something about the feel of this film - the photography, the costumes, the weapons, the Old West sets and real western locales (New Mexico), the expressions on people's faces... Call it a victory of style over substance... In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed the "look and feel" of this movie from start to finish. Watching the movie, there were more than a few times where I felt myself being transported back to a different place and time. I just wish the rich story development of a good western-genre movie such as "Unforgiven" (1992) with Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, could have been woven into "Into the Badlands," as that would have completed this film and would have ultimately made for one very awesome Western movie.

But even in its current configuration, this movie is definitely worth checking out. I think you will be suitably dazzled by the Old West atmosphere that is conveyed in the film. Just don't expect a dazzling story to complement it.

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