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The Far Side of Jericho (2006)

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Jericho. In the 1880's. Three women of the wild West, widows of an outlawed gang of brothers recently hanged, find themselves running for their lives from a corrupt posse of vigilantes, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanne Andrews Suzanne Andrews ... Maxine Thornton
Judith Burnett Judith Burnett ... Claire Thornton
Lissa Negrin Lissa Negrin ... Bridget Thornton
Patrick Bergin ... Jake
Lawrence Pressman ... Van Damm
James Gammon ... The Preacher
John Diehl ... Cash Thornton
C. Thomas Howell ... Little Jemmy Thornton
Jason Connery ... John
Bill Doyle ... David
Zachary Ray Sherman ... The Kid
Tim DeKay ... The Stranger
Constance Forslund ... Madame de Boks
Vanessa Zima ... Greta Van Dam
John Ericson ... Charlie


Jericho. In the 1880's. Three women of the wild West, widows of an outlawed gang of brothers recently hanged, find themselves running for their lives from a corrupt posse of vigilantes, mystical Indians and a hornet's nest of villains - all are convinced that our mismatched widows hold the key to the whereabouts of their husbands' missing bank loot and a mysterious treasure. Along the way, the women must find the courage to trust, care and kill for one another, blazing the trail to their destiny. A destiny buried on The Far Side of Jericho. Written by Anonymous

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Three women. One treasure. Lots of bad guys.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a rape, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todesritt nach Jericho See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Con trails seen in the sky several times during the movie. See more »


Charlie: I ain't never seen three people hung at once. Two maybe... one time over at Judge Parker's tree, but they were indians - that don't count.
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Music and Lyrics by Jack Gadberry
Performed by Jack Gadberry
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Great Western
2 July 2017 | by bparker-85703See all my reviews

It's been about ten years since The Far Side of Jericho, was released (December 2006) and for me it gets better with each viewing. It must be the best Western movie with the most negative reviews of any Western ever made. However, from the opening line, "Ladies, they're hanging your husbands at noon" until the amazing cowboy song playing over the end credits this darkly humorous tale entertains in unexpected ways for 99 minutes.

After Heaven's Gate (1980) lost over forty million dollars for MGM/UA Hollywood made it politically incorrect to mention the W word. Thus, when actor Ed Harris approached Hollywood with the script for Appaloosa (2008), Hollywood declined, so Harris produced, directed and starred in the movie himself. It was a huge moneymaking hit. When Kevin Costner couldn't interest Hollywood in Dances with Wolves (1990), he put up his own money and produced, directed, and starred in it himself. It was a mega hit. Hollywood would rather remake an old proved winner, like 3:10 to Yuma (1957 and 2007) or True Grit (1969 and 2010) than take a chance on a new Western story.

TFSJ was filmed in New Mexico and would be worth watching just for the beautiful scenery. The three female leads have over 40 acting credits between them, and the male lead Patrick Bergin has over 104 acting credits. It was directed by Tim Hunter who has 81 directorial credits, and features Mark Adler as music editor. He was music editor on Amadeus (1984) The Godfather and over 30 other projects. One of the writers was James Crumley (1939 – 2008) he wrote 9 novels that never became best sellers, but he had a loyal cult following and garnered much critical acclaim.

When the end credits roll the song Jericho by Patrick Bergin plays and it is as close to the real deal as you can get. If you want to know what it was like when a cowboy sat beside a campfire at night alone while making up and singing a song to himself… this is it. Patrick Bergin must have time traveled back to the 1880's and hunkered down beside a campfire with his Desert Muse on, and…

It's no one's fault if they don't get it, if the brilliance of this film escapes them, because our Western heritage is no longer revered in mainstream media; generations of people have been conditioned to believe that Westerns aren't cool. Fortunately, a video of the song Jericho is available on YouTube and DVD's of TFSJ are available online.

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