Jake Preston, 40, an emotionally destitute migrant laborer hops trains and 'goes where the work is.' But something more keeps him running - his own haunting past. Through nostalgic ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Dale McGraw
Mabel Robbins
Nate Cohn ...
David Curtis ...
Reverend Sanguin
Emile McGraw
Danielle DeBow ...
Nurse Janet
Jonathan Filipko ...
Young Jake
Logger john
C.W. Honkala ...
Post Master Rusty
Jake Preston
Lance Shigematsu ...
David Gagnel
Farren McGraw


Jake Preston, 40, an emotionally destitute migrant laborer hops trains and 'goes where the work is.' But something more keeps him running - his own haunting past. Through nostalgic flashbacks we learn of the intimate bond he formed in his youth with Farren McGraw, a fellow 17 year-old farm hand. When Farren dies a mysterious death, Jake feels guilty for not being able to save him. For twenty years he wanders with a broken heart. Like so many times before, Jake settles down for a time in a small roadside settlement in the Owens River Valleyt. Here, a chance encounter with David, a local delivery boy, brings Jake face to face with his own emotional destitution. Written by Anonymous

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Mojave Desert, 1965. A train-hopping drifter settles in a tiny roadside outpost where a chance encounter brings him face to face with his own haunted past, and the doomed love affair that has left him emotionally barren. We see that it is never too late to put our demons to rest and surrender to love...


Short | Drama





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2009 (USA)  »


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$50,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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"Outpost".....a Director's first try.........
28 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

(( I bought it.......I'm stuck with it.......But I won't be throwing it out** ))

A near college level production (considering current day videoing capabilities), this "semi-short" film's primary problem involves acting levels, which rarely exceed average.....and sometimes don't reach that. The actor portraying our lead's earlier lover pretty much lacks competency.....while even our main guy (in his older aged version) seems sometimes wooden. Most acceptable performances are by the actor playing our lead's earlier self.....and that young actor playing the lead's later in life pursuer / would-be love interest. To be fair, I must give credit to actress, Nancy Berggren (in a first filmed role), for her portrayal of the grand motherly boarding house and bar owner. (These last 3 pull my film rating vote up).

As far as physical evidence of any romance is concerned, I find myself, again, needing to say that if a US director (they're generally the worst at this) is going to have a male couple kiss.....then for the love of mike, why not instruct them HOW. To at least move their mouths while doing so (make us see it---the other guy isn't poison, after all). If actors in a gay-themed film are, in fact, "straight".....and afraid to kiss passionately, why the hell were they ever hired!!

Finally.....Yes, there possibly is a saving grace for this film. And it is that this director (unlike so many others in the US) does NOT try to make some indecipherable statement out of the story's ending....such as some weird thing about "everlasting" love. He just lets his tale play out....in real people fashion. So, then, let me say in plain English for all you possible viewers out there, that means there is a.......Happy Ending.

**(you bet I have....many times)


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