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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Western

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

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Country:

Canada | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forsaken See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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This will be the second film in which Donald Sutherland and his son, Kiefer Sutherland, are in scenes together. Both Sutherlands shared brief screen time together in the 1983 film "Max Dugan Returns" (which was Kiefer Sutherland's film debut). They also both starred in A Time to Kill (1996), though did not act together in that film. See more »

Goofs

Clayton talks about his bad experiences in the Civil War battles of Shiloh and Seven Pines. Shiloh was fought in western Tennessee April 6-7, 1862. Seven Pines was fought in eastern Virginia May 31-June1, 1862. Given that the battles were in different theaters under different commands, it is not possible that he fought in both battles. 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 Unforgiven (1992) See more »

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Most of the reviews here divorced from reality
21 February 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee 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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