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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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Esther Purves-Smith ... Shot Child Mother
... John Henry Clayton
... Reverend Samuel Clayton
Lex Cassar ... Tim Slade
Graeme Black ... Hank Plummer
... Mr. Parsons
... Silver Barrel Bartender
... Frank Tillman
... Dave Turner
... James McCurdy
... Bob Waters
... Little Ned
... Will Pickard
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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Redemption. See more »

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Drama | Western

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

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19 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Forsaken  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Kiefer Sutherland was motivated to craft a film that he could do with his father Donald, so he enlisted writer Brad Mirman to write a western story about a father and son, to be played on screen by a father and son. Kiefer claimed that they had waited years for the right script to come along, but with Donald approaching 80 it was the point that they felt it had to be done sooner rather than later. See more »

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When Demi Moore and Kiefer Sutherland are drinking coffee on her porch, the mugs they use appear to be modern polished stainless steel mugs, that were not produced until much later in the mid 1900's. See more »

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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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Most of the reviews here divorced from reality
21 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the IMDb Guidelines for Top Reviewers, Rule 19 says that, when in doubt, be honest.

So I will.

I have no idea how most members do their ratings these days. But I do know that often the ratings make no sense. This is one example. This is a stellar western, borrowing the "retired gunslinger" theme from the 40s and 50s, the type of western that Glen Ford used to do best.

The script is solid, the acting ditto. I mean, Brian Cox and Demi Moore in supporting roles. Wow. The elder Sutherland as always gets a little trapped in his one-dimensional character but the part was written for a character actor not a lead. The younger Sutherland effortlessly spans the full spectrum of emotions and holds the attention of the viewer like glue. And Wincott makes for one of the most articulate western villains in the history of the genre.

The cinematography is stunning.

Again, looking at the low IMDb rating, you would think there are so many quality westerns being made these days that viewers are overpowered by choice. Nope, that's not true. Is it? If I were grading on a Bell curve, this would be a 9. As it stands it gets a solid 8. Recommended.


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