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The Outsider (2002)

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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... Johnny Gault
... Rebecca Yoder
... Noah Weaver
... Doctor Lucas Henry
Thomas Curtis ... Benjo Yoder
... Ben Yoder
... Fergus Hunter
Grant Piro ... Woodrow Wharton
Peter McCauley ... Isaiah Miller
... Ray Childress
... Mose
Aaron James Cash ... Samuel Miller (as Aaron Cash)
... Abram Miller
... Levi Miller
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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Drama | Romance | Western

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Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality

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10 November 2002 (USA)  »

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El forastero  »

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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 »

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When Woodrow is laying on the ground after being thrown from his horse and Johnny is holding his own rifle on him, a con trail can be seen in the sky over Johnny's shoulder See more »

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Better than average conversion from a romance novel
25 January 2005 | by See 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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