A lot of viewer put-downs for the cowardice of our film's settler community, but that's what these people were - not gun aficionados or accomplished human killers - just simple farmers & shop owners.
Signs of quality research & attention to detail:
Really muddy streets; roughly cut, hand hewn lumber for the buildings; haphazard town layout; dirtiness of clothes & people; real period clothing & props; sparse furnishings (even the bedding, for once in a Western, looked right).
Two surprises: The writer/director & crew took the time to go through actual photos of this period, around late 1800s, to see how people lived. Second, amongst Westerns that I've seen in the past 10 years, a rare authenticity was found here & in "The Dark Valley". Both were made in Europe (Ireland & Luxembourg in this case). It seems that Europeans have been fascinated by our Western movie lore & have done a better job of showing it than us.
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