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A western love story revolving around the forbidden love between a young widow from a Mennonite-like religious group and a cold-blooded gunslinger whom she takes into her home after he is wounded.

Director:

Randa Haines

Writers:

Penelope Williamson (book), Jenny Wingfield (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Daly ... Johnny Gault
Naomi Watts ... Rebecca Yoder
Keith Carradine ... Noah Weaver
David Carradine ... Doctor Lucas Henry
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Benjo Yoder
Brett Tucker ... Ben Yoder
John Noble ... Fergus Hunter
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Woodrow Wharton
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Isaiah Miller
Jason Clarke ... Ray Childress
Todd Leigh ... Mose
Aaron James Cash ... Samuel Miller (as Aaron Cash)
Simon Watts ... Abram Miller
Eamon Farren ... Levi Miller
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ... Sheriff Getts
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A western love story revolving around the forbidden love between a young widow from a Mennonite-like religious group and a cold-blooded gunslinger whom she takes into her home after he is wounded.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El forastero See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The hauntingly beautiful background music in the movie was mostly Norwegian folk songs - Bla Tonar Fra Lom & Jenta I Saueflokken and although, the "Plain People" in the movie appear to be something like Amish or Mennonites - there were no Norwegian settlements of this kind in the US. Most of these groups came from Germany & Switzerland. Most Norwegians coming to the US during this time period were Lutherans. Also, the hymn they sing during the barn religious ceremony was sung in Norwegian. See more »

Goofs

Rebecca is seen helping ewes in labor and Johnny is seen with a lamb during the same scene. However, despite seeing the herd a number of times after that, no lambs are ever seen again. See more »

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Better than average conversion from a romance novel
25 January 2005 | by MoonShdoSee all my reviews

Nope, it ain't a Clint Eastwood western. No deeply wrought moral tales or stoic heroes herein.

But it is a better than average take on the dime-a-dozen romance novel genre. First of all, gone are the distracting subplots that dot the novel written by Penelope Williamson. Second, this version is long on visual poetry. A lot can be conveyed by simply letting the camera stay on the principle characters as they convey the emotional content of the story. Third, the director takes advantage of a much better than expected cast. Naomi Watts has emerged as a powerhouse of an actress in the last few years and she does not disappoint in this role. Tim Daly is restrained and manages to convey more than a touch of humor to what could be a well-worn stereotype of the world weary gunfighter.

If you're in the mood for a simple story, well acted and pretty to look at, this one will serve you well.


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