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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 ... 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


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 »


Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forsaken  »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Chadwick is walking to the outhouse he is walking away from the shooter. Then when he is actually shot it happened with the shooter in front of him. This is physically impossible to be in front of and behind Chadwick within moments. 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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Finally a new western done right
31 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

In the last few years I have watched pretty much all the newly made westerns. They all lack the old western feel. I walk away disappointed and time wasted. Finally The Sutherlands done it right! The background music right from the start put me in the mood to watch this one.

I liked the way Kiefer played the main character. IMO he was one of the best actors to play the leading role in this western.

For all the western fans out there I don't think you will be disappointed when you watch "Forsaken" Hats off to the directors of this film. This movie is not perfect (we always like to see more lol) but I give this western movie a solid 10 out of 10 compared to the westerns I have watched since 2000. Cheers

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