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Aces N' Eights (2008)

Ernest Borgnine , Casper Van Dien  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Casper Van Dien, Bruce Boxleitner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A rousing western adventure of the men and women who made the West, Aces N' Eights is a sure-fire winning draw you can bet on. A war is waged when a small group of steadfast landowners in the frontier town of Nogales band together against a ruthless railroad man who strives to take their land and lay tracks. His cold-blooded gunmen have killed before to get what they want, but now they've finally met their match. What ensues is a classic battle of good versus evil. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Oscare and Golden Golbe winner Wenest Borgine, Casper Van Dien, And Bruce Boxleitner, Aces N' Eights is now available for the first time on DVD!

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Standard Plot, Good Cast, Poor Direction... May 11, 2008
"Aces N' Eights" (the title has nothing to do with the story, BTW) revives the old chestnut about the railroad forcing landowners off their property, spiced up with names like Ernest Borgnine (as the most stubborn homesteader), William Atherton (as the nasty railroad bureaucrat, naturally), Casper Van Dien and Bruce Boxleitner (both quite good as gunmen who develop consciences) and Jeff Kober (looking eerily like Denis Leary as the most bloodthirsty of Atherton's men). A minuscule budget and pedestrian direction (by Craig R. Baxley) does the film in, with poorly-staged action scenes, continuity problems, and an annoying reliance on tight close-ups.

It's all been done before, and done better..."Aces N' Eights" is for undiscriminating western fans only!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter Unforgiven Territory November 23, 2009
This above-average but violent made-for-television western pits the villainous land-hungry railroad against the defenseless, small-time ranchers whose lands lay on the route sought by the railroad. Stuntman/action director Craig R. Baxley helms this exciting B-movie horse opera with flaw to spare. The color photography constantly thrusts you into the thick of the gunfire and the handheld camera work lends a versimilitude to the action that enhances this oater. Casper Van Dien is actually tolerable for a change and the beard gives him a lot of maturity. Late in the action, he puts on a poncho and vaguely resembles Clint Eastwood. Basically, Van Dien plays a gunslinger who has tried to hang up his six-gun and reform himself. Naturally, the villains compel him to strap on his hog-leg one more time. The sturdy cast includes Bruce Boxleitner as a believable gunfighter. Ernest Borgnine of THE WILD BUNCH plays one of the chief ranchers that the railroad has been harassing about his land. "Sugarland Express" star William Atherton is an unscrupulous local railroad official who has no qualms against killing to make a point. Of course, the devious Chicago-based railroad company doesn't want to pay a penny more for the land. "Aces 'N Eights" springs a couple of surprises along the way without violating any of the formula conventions of westerns. The Dennis Shryack and Ronald M. Cohen screenplay observes all the cliches and then wields them with style. For example, the Bruce Boxleitner gunfighter is reminiscent of Ben Johnson's gunfighter in "Shane." Jack Noseworthy stands out as a member of the railroad who has come to negotiate a peaceful settlement between the railroad and the landowners. The gunfights are noisy but not bloody. The treacherous hired guns working for the railroad terrorize and murder land owners and their wives to scare them into selling out. The finale is a well-staged gunfight between the heroes and the villains with a surprisingly conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A excellent plot concept ruined January 17, 2010
To the films credit, it has a excellent cast and great story line of redemption. The problem with the film is that the screenplay seems to not focus enough on the redemption of the main character. The main character Luke, was a gunfighter who used to ride with a gang and he eventually left after a massacre they committed. The film instead focus almost entirely on the villains and their murders of the families who refused to leave their land because of the railroad, this was wicked distracting and made me extremely uncomfortable. When the main character Luke, played by Casper Van Dein, came onto the screen, it seemed to me that all of his scenes were small and they disappeared quickly. So I gave this film 2 stars because of the lack of focus Luke and the glorification of the villains and their killings. So, it was not the greatest western ever made. All in opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boxleitner, Borgnine, cast all shine! April 8, 2012
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Having Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) together on-screen is a treat. Thank goodness the rest of the cast is just as good in this surprisingly vicious and bloody western. Jack Noseworthy has a lot of good scenes as the railroad surveyor trying to bring the Wild West into the Gilded Age (shades of Gene Hackman in Unforgiven). Casper Van Dien takes the reins as the leading man, with Jeff Kober gleefully shooting everything in sight. (Sadly, he has no sympathy for his tired stooges, who have to bury all the innocent folk he pointlessly dispatches.)

Women don't have much to do in this production, but that is the western tradition and the director doesn't want to mess with that. The giant climactic battle has a number of great surprises near the end, including a big surprise as to who gets the final shot in the battle. The title of the movie is explained by Boxleiter's character during the movie, and will be familiar to viewers of the Deadwood television series.

This is a true western in the grandest Hollywood tradition, with modern bloodshed that would make Jason Statham wilt. A great way to spend an evening, as Ernest Borgnine rides off into the sunset. (Unless he has another western in him.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get out of the way... you're holding up progress June 16, 2008
A story about hired guns and the railroad.
The bad guys are killing anybody who won't sell
on the right of way. It gives "Eminent domain"
a new definition for the wild west.
Something like "redevelopment' in the inner city
in modern times? In MOB terms they call it an offer that you can't refuse:
here they call it the "dead man's poker hand".
The picture this movie gives is of smaller holding farmers
being killed and their property taken by organized
railroad thugs.
When they kill an old man who had an hired hand who was once a gunslinger,
trouble in a large destructive way ( a shoot out) takes place.
I wouldn't call the result an happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it
Published 4 days ago by Marcelino K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
package arrived on time and the movie was great!
Published 1 month ago by John M. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
psychopathic violence.
Published 1 month ago by argeioi
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
This is an okay movie. It has a lot of unjust and cold blooded killing in it of land owners by a town mayor trying to obtain land for the railroad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Item - Love It - Would recommend highly.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy Brewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Western
Good movie. Got it for Bruce Boxleitner's appearance in it. Husband loves the old westerns anyway so it was just perfect for both of us!! Great service and delivery.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars really good movie
this is one of the best westerns I've seen in a long time . I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes westerns
Published 7 months ago by Walter Lamphere
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good western.
If you like westerns, and I do, then you'll like this show. Very good, a typical western with it's own little flair.
Published 14 months ago by Holly Gerdes
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
As new westerns go,this one is not that bad.The movie seems to be plotted around the story and not the actors.All the actors do a good job of holding their parts together. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprising
Waited for this movie, at first did not like it at all, but as it went along it got better, acting was all great , but didn't like the murdering scenes so much, too many, overall... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CC
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