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Dawn Rider (2012)

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After his father is killed, John Mason is willing to turn the world inside out to find the man responsible. What he doesn't know is the killer might be in his own house.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... John Mason
Jill Hennessy ... Alice Gordon
Donald Sutherland ... Cochrane
Ben Cotton ... Ben McClure
Lochlyn Munro ... Rudd Gordon
Kenneth W. Yanko Kenneth W. Yanko ... Dad Mason (as Ken Yanko)
Claude Duhamel ... Curly
Matt Bellefleur ... Greyson
G. Michael Gray ... Bragg
Douglas Chapman ... Chase
Adrian Hough ... Sheriff Cobb
George Canyon George Canyon ... Cattle Jack
Viv Leacock ... Station Agent Adams
Jill Morrison ... Proprietor
Mike Dopud ... Ugly Mustache #1


After his father is killed, John Mason is willing to turn the world inside out to find the man responsible. What he doesn't know is the killer might be in his own house.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Difícil Vingança See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Alice walks into the area where John is being jailed, you can see the Phillip's screws in the doorknob plate. Phillips screws were not invented until about 1930. See more »


Remake of The Dawn Rider (1935) See more »


Wayfaring Stranger
Performed by George Canyon
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Plodding western
25 June 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Dawn Rider" is a remake of a John Wayne "B" western of the 1930s. The original version ran only about fifty-three minutes, while this remake runs an additional forty minutes - which happens to be one of the big problems. There isn't enough story here to justify a ninety-three minute running time, so frequently the movie runs at a VERY slow speed. But there are other problems with the movie. The movie is also quite dull, and while there are several action sequences, they are very unexciting. While Christian Slater has given some fine performances in the past, he's hopeless here, the last person you would consider being a hardened gunfighter despite not shaving for several days. Donald Sutherland only appears in five brief scenes, indicating he was only hired for a few days so that the movie would qualify for Canadian content rules. The production values are okay, and there are a few well-photographed sequences, but that's not enough to make the movie appealing to even western addicts like myself.

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