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The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

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A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

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Jared Moshe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Lefty Brown
Peter Fonda ... Edward Johnson
Stephen Alan Seder ... Noah DeBow
Kathy Baker ... Laura Johnson
Joseph Lee Anderson ... Oak (as Joseph Anderson)
Tyson Gerhardt Tyson Gerhardt ... Irish William
Lewis Pullman ... Billy Kitchen
Joe Anderson ... Frank Baines
Tommy Flanagan ... Tom Harrah
Jim Caviezel ... Jimmy Bierce
Diego Josef ... Jeremiah Perkins
Adam O'Byrne ... Thaddeus Crobley
Dillinger Steele Dillinger Steele ... Doc
Michael Spears ... Biscuit
Seth Carlin Seth Carlin ... Tanner
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When cowboy Lefty Brown witnesses the murder of his longtime partner, the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson, he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's cold-blooded murder. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty stumbles across a young wannabe gunslinger, Jeremiah, and an old friend, a former hard-drinking pal turned U.S. Marshall, to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson's killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend's murder by the governor. With the tables turned Lefty must evade the law, get the Marshall to stop drinking again, and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson's death. Written by AsH edited by Richardh120

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He never wanted to be the hero.

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Action | Drama | Western

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La balada de Lefty Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Bannack, Montana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,559, 17 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,856, 21 December 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Lefty Brown was based off the gunslinger Lefty BJ Wheeler. See more »

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Although Lefty does not appear to be left-handed -- he shoots right handed, rides right-handed (holding the reins in his left hand so that his right hand is free), and wears his sidearm on the left side, butt forward, so that he can draw it with his right hand -- he could have gotten the nickname for some other characteristic or habit. See more »

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Written by Jack Pullman
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A Western with Heart
28 October 2017 | by jhphrydasSee all my reviews

I love an underdog--who doesn't? With The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Jared Moshe gives the audience a chance to revel in what happens when a bumbling sidekick (expertly played by Bill Pullman) loses his left-hand man (Peter Fonda) and is compelled by love and honor to take revenge. The cinematography is gorgeous--think Andrew Wyeth landscapes at sunset--and the mood of the film remains true to its genre: pensive, a bit wild, and ripplingly tense.

The film succeeds most when it juxtaposes Lefty's incompetence with his determination. Lefty doesn't take action with grace and style like so many other Western heroes--It's just not in his nature. Even his friends think he's too incompetent to manage a ranch let alone outsmart some highly capable bad guys. Lucky for us, his tenacity reveals strength within a love that compels him to do what everyone around him thinks impossible.

As the film progresses, our desire to see Lefty "win" takes on a deeper meaning. Not only do we want him to succeed because justice is pleasurable to witness--Lefty's success is also proof that courage comes in all packages and that true grit reveals its own type of grace, one that is often overlooked when we dismiss those at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a meditation on what happens if we stop worrying about our flaws and instead explore how we can work with them. Who knows, maybe one of our weaknesses could come in handy some day...


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