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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.


Jon Cassar


Brad Mirman, Tari
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »





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


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 »


Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Canada | France | USA



Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Redemption See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Henry is also the real name of Doc Holliday. See more »


When Frank Tillman is ambushing Mr. Chadwick, Frank is seen taking aim and shooting with his rifle, holding it as a right handed person would. After wounding Mr. Chadwick in the leg and firing another shot that misses, the next shot shows Frank holding the rifle as a left handed person would. See more »


[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 Shane (1953) 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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