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Hard Ground (2003)

Billy Bucklin escapes while being transported to Yuma prison and plans to form an army of desperadoes to control the Mexican border. To finance his band, he robs a stagecoach, kidnaps a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John 'Chill' McKay
... Sheriff Hutch Hutchinson
... Elizabeth Kennedy
... Joshua
... Billy Bucklin
... Floyd
... Toothless
... Mundo
... Junior Gunn
... General Jesus Navarro (as Sergio Calderon)
Randy Stripling ... McMordy
... Deputy Dunlap
... Warden
David S. Cass Sr. ... Pike (as David Cass Sr.)
Frank Sharp ... Tall man
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Billy Bucklin escapes while being transported to Yuma prison and plans to form an army of desperadoes to control the Mexican border. To finance his band, he robs a stagecoach, kidnaps a beautiful woman to be sold into prostitution, and steals an army payroll wagon. An aging lawman persuades the governor to parole his brother-in-law, now serving a 20-year prison term for murder, to assist him and his green deputy to destroy the marauders. Written by David Bassler

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Elizabeth: You two are damned fools, both of you! Bein' mad, you don't know what's what and what's not! There's a man out there waitin' for his kin to do the right thing. Family is all you got. Don't you two understand that?
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The "Lonesome Dove" legend brought into the 20th Century...
16 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The movie seems to be another one of Producer Robert Halmi Jr.'s "follow-up films" to his work in the legendary "Lonesome Dove" series, and, in fact, the time line of this film brings the entire Lonesome Dove era up and into the 20th Century (or just into the new century, in the year 1901).

The pursuit of Billy Bucklin aside, the movie does have a similar Lonesome Dove feel to it, especially when it comes to the unfinished relationship of John McKay and Joshua - similar to that of Woodruff Call and Newt in the first Lonesome Dove film.

However, while not directly related to the story's ending, the film does illustrate how individuals in that period of American history, similar to men like Call - and McKay and Hutchinson - were now discovering in their later years, that their feelings for the American West had become ironically similar to those of the Native Americans they helped to displace - that the wild, unclaimed vast landscape, much to their sadness or even anger, had begun to disappear into history.

Unfortunately, viewers who decided to abandon the last few minutes of this film (once the gunfire ended) missed McKay's parting words on this subject, which might give meaning to many older Americans who feel similarly when it comes to life 100 years later, in the early 21st Century...


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