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Legend of Hells Gate (2011)

Eric Balfour , Lou Taylor Pucci , Tanner Beard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Balfour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Summer Glau
  • Directors: Tanner Beard
  • Writers: Tanner Beard
  • Producers: Tanner Beard, Jay Michaelson, Meg Beatty, Summer Finley, Suzanne Weinert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007SS7N2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Legend of Hells Gate" on IMDb

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Based on real events, this Texas-based tale uncovers the mystery of the events surrounding the legendary Hell's Gate, a cliff formation that rises out of Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. When a curious errand boy catches wind of one of America's most infamous crimes - the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - he falls in with two desperate men on the wrong side of the law. Crossing paths with some of the West's most notorious figures, these three outlaws fight for their lives in the pursuit of fame and riches. Few are to be trusted, as their interwoven stories prove that everyone has a hidden agenda, and by no means is anyone innocent. Fueled by a talented ensemble cast, The Legend Of Hell's Gate blends legend and history into a Western spectacle that recounts the treacherous existence in post-Civil War Texas.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
You're not going to find a bigger fan (on Amazon) for any studio bringing back the Western than I am, but vanity projects like THE LEGEND OF HELL'S GATE will probably do little to bring new fans to the classic oater. I love `em, through and through, because I think that they're (largely) the only truly original form of American storytelling. While I'd love to see more and more of them released theatrically, I certainly understand that the dynamics of Hollywood accounting make producing them fairly costly these days. Still, I'll embrace any of them, even one so curiously flawed as is HELL'S GATE.

By appearances, THE LEGEND OF HELL'S GATE is meant to tell the story of the fabled Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. While it clearly establishes something took place that led up to its name, what the viewer is left with is mostly a mishmash of vignettes strung together by the weakest narrative I've ever seen in a Western - a genre that's usually rich with peoples of immense character and symbolism too vivid to escape detection. Instead, the film delivers a handful of scenes artfully photographed, but these characters seem to have very little basis in reality. Who knows? Maybe they've all been drawn from `legend'! (insert `rimshot' here)

Unfortunately, the main story doesn't begin until 45 minutes into the feature, and therein lies the biggest problem at the heart of HELL'S GATE. In order for anyt audience to appreciate any film, there has to either be (A) characters you can identify with or (B) a very clearly establish narrative with a discernible beginning, middle, and end. For the record, HELL'S GATE has neither until the 45 minute mark, and I'm strongly inclined to believe the writer/director Tanner Beard realized this when all that he shot came into the editing suite.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Hell's Gate May 24, 2012
By linda
Format:DVD
I and my spouse totally enjoyed this film when we first saw it at the Dallas International Film Festival over a year ago. We think it is a fine historical/action/western with just the right amount of humor in it. Tanner Beard (writer/actor/director) did his research well and used the proper weapons and clothing for the time. I thought the acting in it was superb and Glenn Morshower had a great part in it. The only disagreement I have is about the cover art for the DVD. The character on horseback, in the center, never did have a rifle and none of the three desperodoes had a horse except Eric Balfour--in the beginning of the movie. All in all, I think it is worth viewing if the person is interested in a western dealing with Texas in the 1870's. And the stories in this film are all based off of true legends/events.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIRES OF HELL MIXED WITH WATER OF HEAVEN June 23, 2012
Format:DVD
The first thing you notice is the sound track. It combines the classic western style with an upbeat Celtic tune. The story follows two men (Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas) who were the lesser of the criminals in a notorious gang. When a bar robbery goes awry, these two Irish men manage to escape into post Civil War near-anarchy run Texas. When a posse comes looking for them, they reluctantly accept the help of Kelly (Lou Taylor Pucci) a local small time criminal, jack of all trades in order to escape.

The story intersects with true historical figures in almost a "Forrest Gump" fashion. These include Doc Holiday, Jesse James, Texas merchant W.H. "Pete" Snyder, Comanche chief Quanah Parker, buffalo hunter J. Wright Mooar, and a Shakespeare quoting bartender who claimed to be John Wilkes Booth.

Decent acting and script. Enjoyable pseudo-history western.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Prostitutes, couple (clothed) in bed after presumed sex.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't even watch it through August 29, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who knows me knows that I can watch some pretty bad movies and enjoy them. This movie was unwatchable. Choppy editing, horrible cinematograpy (dark dark dark - I'm sure there were things going on that I just couldn't see) and just a confused mess. Who's a good guy? Who's a bad guy? Who cares if they all get shot. Allowing for the suspension of belief - there is no way you can run with a pillowcase full of gold that seems like it is full of cotton candy. That would be really heavy guys not flopping around all poofy. Sigh.

On the other hand, costuming and sets were spot on. Beautifully done and other than the fluffy pillowcases, it was perfect. If it had been in a movie with a plot that could be followed without a road map it would have been magnificent. It may be a great film, where everything comes together in the end and a lot of the mish mash makes sense but I literally could not bring myself to watch the whole thing and that has never happened to me befor.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love seeing a new western! June 11, 2012
By SRV
Format:DVD
I saw this movie at a screening in Los Angeles. The creator of this movie is a super talented young guy, Tanner Beard. I think he is like a young Texas Orson Welles as he wrote, starred, directed, edited and produced this movie. It is an ambitious undertaking and he did a great job. The visuals are pure Texas. The acting supports the storyline (which is ambitious) and I just enjoyed the end result so much. Henry Thomas is stunning in his role, looks the part and acts it. Glenn Morshower has a nice turn in this as does Lou Taylor Pucci. But for my money Kevin Alejandro is one of the high points of the film. he disappears into his role so much you don't even recognize him. Very fun movie!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Stubid movie the story suck and actors weren't too great also
Published 1 month ago by Donna WOW
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD was in great condition. Good movie especially since I live in...
This DVD was in great condition. Good movie especially since I live in Texas.
Published 1 month ago by BUBBLES
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
As described and fast delivery.
Published 2 months ago by J. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie from start to end. acting up great standard.
Published 2 months ago by john star
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly disappointing.
The characters were so flat that I never cared about them and the plots, yes, there was more than one, were hard to follow. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gene A Curl
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of Summer Glau
This is one of the few movies I have watched where I had a complete and utter ambivalence toward the characters in a movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bilco41
4.0 out of 5 stars LEGEND OF HELLS GATE
The movie jumped around a lot however kept my interest. I liked the actors as well. It is worth watching again.
Published 8 months ago by Lindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Western Moviei
I like western movies but this one was a disappointment. No real story line to it. The actors were not good.
Published 8 months ago by Phil Mc Ardle
1.0 out of 5 stars bad c movie western
puts a new 2010 spin on bad movie making .. but can be funny. the film actually has a decent cast. but thats the end of it.. the story goes no where. Read more
Published 11 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed watching this move
This is a great western move. I did not expect for it to be this good. I watched it twice. Thanks
Published 14 months ago by Tina T Drake
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