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The Man Who Came Back (2008)

A dozen years after the Civil War, former slaves go on strike at a powerful judge's plantation.


Glen Pitre


Chuck Walker (screenplay), Glen Pitre | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Eric Braeden ... Reese Paxton
Billy Zane ... Ezra
Carol Alt ... Angelique Paxton
James Patrick Stuart ... Billy Duke
Sean Young ... Kate
Ken Norton ... Grandpa
Jennifer O'Dell ... Elena
Peter Jason ... The Warden
George Kennedy ... Judge Duke
Armand Assante ... Amos
Al Hayter ... Preacher
Richard Jackson ... Caleb
Kate Clarke Kate Clarke ... Amos' Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R.J. Atkins ... Cotton Field Worker (as Rickey Atkins Jr.)
Johnny Beall Johnny Beall ... Plantation Owner


A dozen years after the Civil War, former slaves go on strike at a powerful judge's plantation.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Revenge was his only answer.


Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

8 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Regresso de Um Homem See more »

Filming Locations:

Magnolia, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When the Warden is hiding behind a tree during the massacre, waiting for Reese, his left trigger finger is on the trigger of his Henry rifle, but in the next shot, his Right trigger finger is on the trigger. See more »


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Nasty, misogynistic, and unrealistic - not worth watching.
14 December 2008 | by BuddScottSee all my reviews

It's very misleading to say, "...this really is a great western". It's anything but. If it is (to quote another reviewer) "the best (they) have seen in a while", then I'd recommend watching a few good ones. There are plenty, but this film doesn't qualify. Nor is it a "classic western revenge movie" (try "Ride Lonesome"). It's an excuse for a lot of quite predictable bloodshed, masquerading as some kind of historical comment, and for some nasty misogyny. The movie strives for political correctness, at least racially, but misses the boat completely where the female characters are concerned. They simply get raped and brutalized. It's unrealistic, too; everyone, including field hands, is far too clean, and there's no feeling of authenticity. The direction's adequate at best; there are far too many lingering shots of the star's face (he's too old for the role anyway).

As for being based on the Thibodeaux Massacre of 1887, as the final comments indicate, it bears little resemblance to that event - but then, it's not actually about injustice to black field hands, it's about the white guys, as usual. The black characters are just there to die on the "hero"'s behalf, as the women are there to be raped. As long as he can stagger to the final showdown, they've played their part in this miserable vehicle for an aging soap opera heartthrob.

Forget it. It might please fans of the soap in question, or kids, but that's all it's good for.

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