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Yes this is a remake of the John Wayne film with the same name, but this is a made for TV flick. For a made for TV western film it really is not that bad although I will admit I only got it because Lou Diamond Phillips is in the film. In Fact he is the star of the film and it is a good thing because with out him in it I don't know what the film would be like. Still it is a good flick that I would recommend to western movie fans, and of course to Lou fans. Since I am very much a fan of Lou Diamond Phillips I tend to like this flick although it is not a classic.
Quirt Evans [Phillips] is an outlaw who is very much legendary but not enough to not be challenged, in which he does right from the first scene. Although he wins the battle with multiple opponents he still gets shot and is injured. He is found by a family who takes him in and begins to care for him. As he comes alive out of his sleep he awakes to the site of a woman. It is this woman he starts to fall for as she has already had the nurse affect happen to her. That of course is she was taking care of him and fell for him, simple and plain but it has happened.
He is a very selfish and mean spirited person but these people's kindness starts to rub off on him. So much to the point that he starts to adopt their ways slowly and begins to help them out. Like straightening out the townspeople that hate them, oh yeah by the way they are Quakers. Of course there are people out for him from his past and the local sheriff is not happy about him being there. So there are a lot of things going on in the story but some times it does not seem that way.
Written by Jack Nasser and James Edward Grant and directed Terry Ingram this TV remake while a good film is far from a classic.Read more ›
The love story works only intermittently, however. Deborah Kara Unger falls in love at first sight and then TELLS her mom about it ten minutes later--the latter being a major failing, even for a TV movie. This means the pistol toting, hard drinking, hard loving badman must play hard to get in order to sustain the tension. A very difficult task, and the script writers do not succeed. This was why the first movie did the love story using a few nods and winks. As a result the movie drags at times--and I love slow westerns.
Finally, the score is also very bad. By the end of the movie I was definitely annoyed at hearing the thematic guitar motif for the hundredth time.
However, the film was essentially free because I have Amazon Prime, and I liked it.
This new version has nothing to add or improve on the last. The direction in this movie is simplistic and lacks common sense and insight. For instance, in the final scene of confrontation on the town street between gunfighters, our protagonist does nothing when his lady love walks and stands, literally, between himself and the guns of his enemies. No one with any sense or distrust of the other fighter would allow her to endanger herself and him in that way!
And the script did not establish Quirt's falling for this lady. Chemistry just wasn't there. We never saw the transformation from violence to non-violence. Lou Diamond Phillips was always the same character beginning and end.
And, risking triviality, the heroines haircut is too modern. No clean, hard-working woman would wear her hair with ringlets hovering by her eyes like that. I kept on wanting to brush them back for her.
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Good "moral" drama. Good story and excellent western action.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Cinematography is great. The actors are great, but the feel of the movie is too slow. The director or the editor missed.Published 2 months ago by ajgdon
If you are a Lou Diamond Phillips fan, these are great movies...Published 2 months ago by Robert E. Smith
I watched this and the 1947 version, one right after the other. The 1947 version was a 4-star performance of a 4-star script, which was only about 2-star in terms of photography... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Thomas
The acting was horrible, the relationship seemed very uncomfortable. It was not nearly as good as the original version and that was done 60+ years ago.Published 3 months ago by Jeff