In 1870s America, the fury of a notorious gang leader is unleashed when a peaceful American settler avenges the death of his family. Then as his cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he is forced to hunt down the outlaws alone.

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Kristian Levring
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Mads Mikkelsen ... Jon Jensen
Eva Green ... Madelaine
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Henry Delarue
Eric Cantona ... Corsican
Mikael Persbrandt ... Peter Jensen
Douglas Henshall ... Sheriff Mallick
Michael Raymond-James ... Paul Delarue
Jonathan Pryce ... Mayor Nathan Keane
Alexander Arnold ... Voichek Borowski
Nanna Øland Fabricius ... Marie Jensen
Toke Lars Bjarke Toke Lars Bjarke ... Kresten Jensen
Sean Cameron Michael ... Lester
Carel Nel ... Stagecoach Whip
Kobus Swanepool Kobus Swanepool ... Stagecoach Gunman
José Domingos José Domingos ... Mr. Raul Delgado (as Jose Domingos)
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The American West in the 1870s. A European settler, Jon Jensen (Mads Mikkelsen), has just welcomed his wife and son to the country when they are kidnapped and murdered. He takes revenge on the murderers, only to discover that one was the brother of a local land baron, Henry Delarue. Delarue runs the local town with a brutal hand. Now he wants vengeance on the man who killed his brother and the local townspeople are too scared of him to stand up to him. Jon is fighting more than just the local thugs, he is facing the entire town. Written by grantss

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Bad men will bleed.


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Rated R for violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Michael Raymond James and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have appeared as antagonists on The Walking Dead (2010). James as David, in season two, and Morgan as Negan, from season five onwards. See more »

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Stagecoaches did not normally run at night, for the simple reason that it was too dark to travel safely; full moons made travel at night somewhat feasible, but still not sensible. The later chase scene in the nighttime downpour--definitely no moonlight to go by--would never have happened. Anyone moving at speed in near-total darkness would have been taking an insane risk. See more »

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Delarue: I underestimated you, soldier. You may have killed all my men, but you sure as hell...
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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Great western
20 September 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Set in the Old West in 1871 we meet Jon (Mads Mikkelsen)and Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) both soldiers who fought in the war of 1864 in their old country. Here Jon has been waiting to be reunited with his wife and son after a seven year gap. Only as soon as they arrive they befall a terrible crime and the only way Jon is going to be able to re right the wrong is by fighting back.

Now to say any more could be a plot spoiler – needless to say this is a classic western of the revenge genre. It paints the bad guys really bad and the good guys flawed but essentially 'right'. There is ambiguity too and there are the townsfolk with their own agendas and greed and power stalking the prairie.

What makes this outstanding is the acting, the musical score, the make up and the fantastic direction. Director Kristian Levring is clearly a fan of John Ford and those of you who know your westerns will see a few shots framed a la 'The Searchers'. Still I see this as flattery and this is truly an excellent film that will only go to prove that as a genre the western is alive, kicking and doing really well – absolutely recommended


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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Salvation See more »

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Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Budget:

EUR10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,651, 1 March 2015

Gross USA:

$44,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,363,964
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