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BROKEN FENCES


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  • Actors: Jan Van Sickle, Ryan Parker
  • Directors: TROY MCGATLIN
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK295O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Joe, who lives a life of solitude by choice on a ranch in the mountains of Colorado, has his life of solitude interrupted when his luckless son Dylan gets paroled from prison. Estranged from his son, Joe reluctantly agrees to take him in, on the condition that he has changed his way. Dylan, a good kid but with a dark cloud of misfortune hanging over him, that seems to follow him wherever he goes, hasn't spoken to his father in years. But he has nowhere else to go. The two slowly start to repair the rocky relationship when bad fortune strikes Dylan again, setting in motion a chain of events with dire consequences for all involved.

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Worst ending of a movie I've ever seen.
Kenneth T. Helms
The actions of not knowing what to do, of working so very hard, of being polite and yet having rages of anger ran true.
lisapbia
I've watched way more really bad movies than the average bear, but this one left even me slack-jawed in wonderment.
teknozen

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. on July 31, 2013
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This is not in anyway a gay movie, so why is it listed under gay movies. The cover makes it look like a gay cowboy romance, but in fact it's got nothing to do with that and is one of the worst movies I ever watched.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth T. Helms on June 15, 2013
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Good start with hope for redemption for the young man, but ultimately a slow waste of time. Worst ending of a movie I've ever seen. Depressing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G P Padillo VINE VOICE on August 12, 2013
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The first half of Broken Fences is an infinitely moving story of Joe, a widowed father and Dylan, his estranged son. Upon Dylan's release from a six year stint in prison, Joe decides to give his son another chance and allows him to live on his ranch, paying him as a hired hand and we witness a bumpy reunion of two men healing, learning to forgive each other and forming a bond they never shared before. As Joe, Jan Van Sickle turns in a performance of quiet strength creating a quietly tough, but ultimately likable character. Similarly, Ryan J. Parker's stuttering, nervous Dylan breaks through barriers of having the odds stacked against him and I found myself routing for the young man.

The loosening of tensions between father and son is handled beautifully. Enter a budding romance between Joe and the attractive California transplant who bought the town's general store (Earla Stewart) and things are looking up for everyone in this bucolic tale. That is until things go horribly wrong as the story descends into a nightmarish collision of improbable events and murder, murder, murder then, more murder. If not necessarily unbelievable, the violent gear switch comes at one so out-of-the-blue that it felt like Grand Guignol more than realistic drama.

The first half of the film had me smiling and nodding at a touching, intimate family drama. The second half had me howling with laughter and feeling embarrassed for the cast and wondering just what in the hell writer/director Troy McGatlin had in mind and why he sabotaged what started out as a heartwarming movie. Still, I had fun watching it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By teknozen on December 8, 2013
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It's a personal problem. I suffer from a serious movie addiction and get really desperate for anything watchable I've not already seen--and if the movie was any good at all--at least twice.

Just like that boy who awakens on Christmas morning to find the tree buried in horse pucky and starts digging like crazy because he reckons with all that poop, there must be a pony buried under there someplace, I gamely road along with the stilted dialogue, the amateur acting and the retarded production values (otherwise known as sets, props, wardrobe and such) at the beginning of Broken Fences. As the film opens, there actually are some very pretty panoramas of green pastures, brilliant blue skies and wide open spaces which, however, oddly mismatch the dialogue ("Been havin' a lot of rain up your way, huh?" "Yeah, sure have.").

Then I started itching to pick up the pace with the fast forward button, pausing for possibly key plot points. These appeared to include (in no particular order for nos. 1 through 7):
(1.) a paranormal pre-death experience as well as maudlin confessions of previously unexpressed parental love,
(2.) a self-identified "barfly" divorcee who moved back from California to buy the too-cute general store where three bottles of ketchup are displayed safely out of reach behind the counter (for just one example of some highly peculiar art direction--and one seriously doubts Heinz paid for that product placement),
(3.) a brief game of pool with a studly cowboy that flares into fisticuffs at the local saloon,
(4.) a misspelled homophobic graffito revealed on the side of the barn before breakfast,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boobear on May 26, 2014
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movie we felt was really good. this movie will totally take you by suprise! the actors are not well known but the story is xcellent!!! i will agree it not a 5 star movie but it is much better than a 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T'mas on February 27, 2014
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Very heavy takes s lot of time to develop, disturbing on a lot of levels but maybe that's just my own stuff talking.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ling on September 25, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this movie at a film festival in Los Angeles and was pretty impressed. I don't know what the guy that hated it was looking for but he's off the mark on about all of his critiques. The director spoke after the screening and mentioned all the awards this won (for himself, the cast, and the movie).
If you're looking for an original, thought provoking, well made movie, I've gotta recommend this one...if you're looking for the latest cookie cutter, multiplex, by the numbers movie, then stay away.
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By lisapbia on December 22, 2010
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There was a lot to like about this film... until the ending sequence began. I loved the scenery. The father played true. The romance with the woman seemed true. The son also played true. I take it he was a special needs kid. I know a kid, personally, who is so much like that character that it breaks my heart. The actions of not knowing what to do, of working so very hard, of being polite and yet having rages of anger ran true. Therefore, I'm not sure what the ending was trying to say. It really tempered, for me, what otherwise was a pretty good flick.
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