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A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 27 June 1998
In a futuristic desert hamlet, a ruthless town boss lynches a falsely accused Native American teen, setting the stage for revolt and a clash with a troubled, drunken sheriff.

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Rob Nilsson

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Lang ... Sheriff Harvey Denton
Ron Perlman ... Jerry Paul
Gabriel Olds ... Hannify, Reporter from New Angeles
Judy Collins ... Ree
Barbara Jane Reams Barbara Jane Reams ... Maya Paul, Jerry's Wife
Maxx Payne ... Pig Iron, Paul's Goon
Frankie Avina Frankie Avina ... Tooth, Tommy's Brother
Zahn McClarnon ... Tommy Tall Bear
Michael Halona Michael Halona ... Ike, Bear Clan Member (as Mike Holona)
Jim Christian Jim Christian ... Chuck Jenkins
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Wavey Flagg the Bartender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Scott Bronson J. Scott Bronson
Neblis Francois Neblis Francois ... Pierce
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In a futuristic desert hamlet, a ruthless town boss lynches a falsely accused Native American teen, setting the stage for revolt and a clash with a troubled, drunken sheriff. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dieftharmeni poli See more »

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The Sci-Fi Channel See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Remake of Playhouse 90: A Town Has Turned to Dust (1958) See more »

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Disjointed and the special effects are not up to scratch but well-acted and thoughtful
1 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A Town Has Turned to Dust is not great, and has things wrong with it. However, I didn't think it was that bad. The storytelling is uneven, sometimes it is thoughtful and elegiac, but in others it it awkward and disjointed. The special effects are not up to scratch either, in fact they are lacking in their design and some have no reason to be there. The message the film has that racism and oppression are timeless is well-meaning but felt rather dated to me. The pacing is also rather sluggish at times so the more disjointed scenes of the film lack momentum. However, the film is shot well and has beautiful scenery. The soundtrack is decent, and the script is thankfully not cheesy but has a touch of thoughtfulness. The characters, especially Stephen Lang's are clichéd in hindsight(I have seen the drunken sheriff character so many times) but actually manage to be interesting. Ron Perlman's character is surprisingly multifaceted. Lang and Frankie Avina give good performances, but the best thing about A Town Has Turned To Dust is Perlman, while essentially ruthless you do feel some element of sympathy for him. So overall, a decent attempt at a western but doesn't quite come off as well as it could have done. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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