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The Long Ride Home (2003)

PG-13 | | Western | 27 May 2003 (USA)
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A man fights the law and the lawless in order to reunite with his wife and son in the 1860s west.


Robert Marcarelli (as Rob Marcarelli)


Vaughn Taylor (screenplay), Mike Dougherty (story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Travis ... Jack Fowler / Jack Cole
Eric Roberts ... Sheriff Hank Bowman
Ernest Borgnine ... Lucas Moat
Vaughn Taylor Vaughn Taylor ... Laura Fowler
Paul Tinder Paul Tinder ... Deputy Hart
Alec Medlock Alec Medlock ... Daniel Fowler
Steve Nave ... Caleb Moat
Jeff McGrail Jeff McGrail ... Kyle Moat
Garry Marshall ... Arthur
Michele Dalcin ... Miriam
Stella Stevens ... Fiona Champyon
Rance Howard ... Old man
Jerry Doyle ... Sheriff
Jeff Dolan Jeff Dolan ... Deputy
Sam Dolan Sam Dolan ... Billy


A man fights the law and the lawless in order to reunite with his wife and son in the 1860s west.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Dead or alive, justice will be served.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »





English | Latin

Release Date:

27 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der lange Ritt nach Westen See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Lucas Moat dies, his son's hands change position between shots, when they are holding him. See more »

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Too Self-Indulgent -- Needs to be more Tightly Edited
6 September 2010 | by tjpjmpSee all my reviews

Other reviewers have pointed out good and bad features of this movies, and they all have a point.

The feeling that struck me as I watched this was that it was too long.I found myself watching the clock on my DVD player to see how much longer it would last.When I find myself experiencing something like this while watching a film, it usually means the film lacks focus.I think that is true here. There are just too many subplots and unnecessary twists and turns that detract from the feeling of unity in this film. My recommendation would be that it be taken back to the editing room and severely pared down to give it the film a more distinct direction.

Some good points in the film:

  • I thought the actor playing the young boy did a good job, and his scenes held my attention.

  • The flirtatious scene(s) where the young lawman envies the light on the leading lady's face was touching, and she did tend to "shine" a bit more in these scenes than others -- she looked better and I thought she was more likable in these scenes.

  • The overall tone of the outdoor scenes were appealing....

But I return to my main point... the film needs tighter editing....

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