Henry Heath, a grieving lawman whose daughter has recently died, is assigned custody of the ghoulish Jean Baptiste, a notorious robber of 300 graves. Against the perilous Utah desert terrain Heath must somehow keep a marked man alive.

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Thomas Russell

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Thomas Russell
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John Freeman ... Henry Heath
Rance Howard ... Doctor
Robyn Adamson Robyn Adamson ... Lucille Heath
Sierra Somerville Sierra Somerville ... Caroline Heath
Tim Threlfall Tim Threlfall ... Mr. Little
David H. Stevens ... Jean Baptiste
Cathleen Mason ... Mrs. Carpenter
Bob Walkingshaw Bob Walkingshaw ... Bishop
Margot Kidder ... Marlys Baptiste
Jodi Russell ... Mrs. Williams
Gregg Christensen Gregg Christensen ... Officer Dewey
Joel Ackerman Joel Ackerman ... Wood Reynolds
Sean Bott Sean Bott ... Lot Huntington
Chris Laird Chris Laird ... Rone Clawson
Edward Herrmann ... Governor Dawson
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For Robbing the Dead is a story of compassion - compassion toward those who may seem the least deserving of Christian love. It follows the story of Henry Heath, a law officer in 1862 Salt Lake City. Heath finds himself responsible for the well-being of a prisoner whom he despises - an impoverished French immigrant named Jean Baptiste who is convicted of robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Baptiste is exiled to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. With no one willing to look after this man, Henry Heath becomes Baptiste's sole defense against the hostile isolation of Antelope Island and the contempt of an entire community. Through his somewhat reluctant service, Heath's heart softens and his own sorrows find relief. Written by Thomas Russell

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Western

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Rated PG for thematic material, some violence and mild language
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The flames shooting from Henry Heath's gun barrel during the gunfight were not a planned stunt but an actual misfire of the gun, a common mishap with old cap and ball pistols such as the replica used during filming. See more »

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Incredible film
21 August 2015 | by LoneWolfArcherSee all my reviews

Unbelievable no one knows about this film. Very well done, great performances all around.

However, John Freeman's performance was especially poignant. And to think he was such an inexperienced actor at the time. His performance was befitting and seasoned veteran. I look forward to seeing him in more films.

Very intelligently done, I love how the direction of this film left so much to the viewer. This proves that great film doesn't have to show/explain everything. The violence was inferred yet not glorified nor shown in graphic detail.

Thank you to the cast and crew for a truly incredible film. And as another reviewer pointed out, Barry Corbin continues to just be such a pleasure to watch. From Six Pack and Permanent Record to No Country For Old Men, Mr. Corbin always knocks it out of the park.


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16 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Redemption: For Robbing the Dead See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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