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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.

Director:

Jon Cassar

Writers:

Brad Mirman, Tari
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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 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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Redemption. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

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

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Canada | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Redemption See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The original editor's cut of the film was over 3 hours and 15 minutes. The original script had a B storyline with a young couple played by Landon Liboiron and Siobhan Williams. Their relationship paralleled that of John Henry Clayton and his lost love Mary Alice Watson. Liboiron played a young gunslinger who ran with the bad guys and glorified the life of a gunslinger, when the protagonist was doing the opposite. The producers decided to just reduce the film to all the scenes that involved the father-son relationship and started adding back all the other scenes that supported that relationship, and left everything else on the floor. An opening action scene that showed John Henry and the gunfight that changed his life was also cut: the only shots that remained are the three haunting images that open the film. See more »

Goofs

When the shooter is sighting Chadwick walking to the outhouse Chadwick has walked a good distance from his house. When he is shot he is much closer to the house. See more »

Quotes

[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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Respect between professionals in this old fashioned western
23 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Like Kirk and Michael Douglas, Donald and Kiefer Sutherland waited far too long to team up for a film. Forsaken casts them as a frontier preacher and his gunfighter son who wants to give it up and settle down and work the family farm with dad. But there's a lot that has passed between them, a lot of misunderstanding and judgmental behavior ever since Kiefer went off to war and didn't return. He also left behind Demi Moore who up and married Christopher Rosamond and has a son with him.

This is an old fashioned western in its villains because back when all those poverty row studios were churning out B westerns the way Ford did Model Ts, the town banker in New Deal Days was always the villain. Brian Cox portrayed this villainous town banker with real relish, stopping short of twirling the mustache like Snidely Whiplash.

Donald played a three dimensional preacher with both faults and strengths and resisted the temptation to make his role a caricature. Kiefer Sutherland is a Jimmy Stewart like western hero who the locality depends on to be the strong man who stands up to the villains.

Like in John Wayne's classic El Dorado, Cox like villain Edward Asner in El Dorado doesn't use a gun, he 'hires it done'. Cox has a stable of gunfighters to enforce his will, but one of them is a professional played by Michael Wincott. Wincott and Sutherland have a mutual respect between professionals the way John Wayne had with Christopher George in El Dorado.

For those who like old fashioned westerns like me, Forsaken is your type of film.


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