Arkansas, 1875, After shooting 5 men to save a judge and then going into Indian Territory after a lethal outlaw, Bass Reeves becomes the first black deputy marshal west of Mississippi.


Wes Miller


Wes Miller
2 wins. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
David Gyasi ... Bass Reeves
Ron Perlman ... Charlie Storm
Frank Grillo ... Bob Dozier
Manu Intiraymi ... Judge Parker
Chris Mullinax ... Marshall Franks
Ashley Atwood ... Jessie Winston
Gianni Capaldi ... Tom Pinkerton
Jaqueline Fleming ... Nellie
Michael Aaron Milligan ... Jim Bruce (as Michael Milligan)
Randy Wayne ... Irish Jack
Marshall R. Teague ... Senator Smith (as Marshall Teague)
Zahn McClarnon ... Sam Sixkiller
Curtis Nichouls ... Pap
David William Arnott David William Arnott ... President Grant (as David Arnott)
John D. Hickman ... Attendant


A movie based on the true life story of Bass Reeves, a legendary tough African American cowboy in the Wild West. Bass Reeves was the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River. He worked mostly in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. During his long career, he was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons. He shot and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense Written by lvn_lisa

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


A lot of the movie was filmed at Tannehill State Park in McCalla, Alabama (close to Birmingham). See more »


At 1:32:40 when Bass in in the bedroom during a shootout a pot belly stove with a flue pipe can be seen. The flue has duct tape wrapped around it. Duct tape did exist at the time and duct tape would burn when wrapped around a hot flue. See more »


Gonna Make A Change
Written by Savannah Lathem
Performed by Savannah Lathem
Arranged by Savannah Lathem
See more »

User Reviews

How to make a bad western for dummies.
6 April 2020 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

What a disappointed this movie was! Westerns are not the easiest movies to make, most of the time it's just macho behavior against other machos. In this movie it's basically the same but in contrast with good westerns (where they have good actors that can play mean vilains, like Eastwood, Van Cleef and others) you now get a movie full of machos but played by bad actors and a very lousy directing. What the hell was Ron Perlman thinking to play in this movie? Did he read the script? Was he desperate for a role? It's certainly one of the worst if not the worst movie he ever played in. The story of Bass Reeves sounded like an interesting story to make a movie about, but this is just an insult to his story. Wes Miller did a messed up job writing this story and he did an even worse job directing it. People getting gut and leg shots look like they could run a marathon two minutes later, it's just beyond ridiculous. The drawing of the guns in the usual face offs you get in westerns are so slow it's just laughable and painful to watch. There is absolutely nothing good about this western, probably one of the worst westerns I ever watched, certainly in my top three of stinkers in this genre. And then you got the music which absolutely didn't fit in this movie, very irritating. In fact the whole movie irritated me, couldn't wait for the end to come.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 52 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: N/A
See more »






Release Date:

13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell on the Border See more »

Filming Locations:

Bessemer, Alabama, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed