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Forsaken (2015)

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In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Purves-Smith Esther Purves-Smith ... Shot Child Mother
Kiefer Sutherland ... John Henry Clayton
Donald Sutherland ... Reverend Samuel Clayton
Lex Cassar Lex Cassar ... Tim Slade
Graeme Black Graeme Black ... Hank Plummer
Dave Trimble ... Mr. Parsons
Joe Norman Shaw ... Silver Barrel Bartender
Aaron Poole ... Frank Tillman
Michael Wincott ... Dave Turner
Brian Cox ... James McCurdy
Chris Ippolito ... Bob Waters
Dylan Smith ... Little Ned
Landon Liboiron ... Will Pickard
Michael Mitchell Michael Mitchell ... Clyde Burnett
Justin Michael Carriere ... Ed Tealy
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John Henry returns to his hometown in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, but a local gang is terrorizing the town. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, however he has abandoned both his gun and reputation as a fearless quick-draw killer. Written by Anonymous

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Haunted by his past, searching for peace. See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Reverend Samuel Clayton (Donald Sutherland) shares his name with Ward Bond's character in The Searchers (1956). See more »

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Although James McCurdy addresses Reverend Clayton as "Samuel," Donald Sutherland is credited as "Reverend William Clayton" in the closing credits. See more »

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[first lines]
Rev. Clayton: Your mother is dead.
[turns and walks back into the house]
John Henry Clayton: [follows him into the house] I did not know that she had passed.
Rev. Clayton: How could you?
John Henry Clayton: If I had known that she had been sick, I'd...
Rev. Clayton: You would've done what? You would've come home if you knew she was dying? But you couldn't come home when she was living, when she was full of hope?
John Henry Clayton: How did she pass?
Rev. Clayton: In my arms, lying beside me in bed. Weeping. Calling out your name.
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Nicely done western from father and son Sutherland
23 February 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It's a slow drive that ends with a sudden violent car crash, like a good western should.

Kiefer Sutherland plays a soldier who waited far too long after the war to put down his guns, but something tragic hits him hard, and he tries to change his ways, with the help of his father, played by Sutherland's real life father, Donald Sutherland who plays a small town preacher who disapproved of the life his son once lead, and is threaten to get back into when a banker tries to buy out the town by any means necessary.

It's a very typical western story made timeless by it's focus on being character driven. I don't know if this is the first time Kiefer and Donald have done a movie together, but it must have help with the relationship between their characters.

But my favorite interaction was between Kiefer's John Henry and Michael Wincott's Dave Turner, who plays a rival gunslinger hired to influence town people off their land. The mutual respect these men showed for each other despite being on different sides of the coin was masterful, something I never seen done so well in a western.

Brian Cox was also in the movie playing the banker that hired Dave Turner. His role as James McCurdy is what tells us that this timeless Western was made in 2015, because he's all about taking people's homes who don't want to leave, and his level of cold heartiness is done brilliantly, reflected this day and era.

Though I'm sure she was trying to due some respectable acting in this film, Demi More is still some impressive eye candy.

The story is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's strengthen by a great set of actors doing their thing, lead by father and son team Sutherland. Good western.


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