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Shadowheart (2009)

Daniel Baldwin , Courtney Gains , Dean Alioto  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Baldwin, Courtney Gains, Rance Howard, Angus MacFadyen, Michael Spears
  • Directors: Dean Alioto
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As a boy, he saw his preacher father murdered. As a soldier, he witnessed the horrors of the Civil War. Now bounty hunter James Conners (Justin Ament) has returned to the town of Legend, New Mexico to marry the beautiful girl (Marnie Alton) he left behind and capture the psychotic land baron (Angus Macfadyen) who destroyed his childhood. But when Conners is ambushed and left for dead, he discovers a Native American world where justice has no name and vengeance rides in the shadows. Daniel Baldwin, Michael Spears (DANCES WITH WOLVES), Tonantzin Carmelo (INTO THE WEST) and William Sadler co-star in this epic western about revenge, redemption and the man the Navajo called SHADOWHEART.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts Flat and Never Gets Going August 26, 2009
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Shadowheart promises to be a thrilling western about a man who returns for vengeance on his father's murder, only to "discover a Native American world where justice has no nameand vengeance rides in the shadows." From this, Shadowheart sounds very promising. As other reivewers correctly note, however, the film falls far, far from its description. The story is slow going (taking about 30 wandering minutes to really take shape), and the meeting of this Native American tribe (of two Native Americans) is, at best, a wandering side plot to a wandering main plot.

THE BEST: If there is anything that brings Shadowheart to life, it is the wonderful acting by Angus MacFayden (Saw V, Californication) who portrays an absolutely WONDERFUL villian in the murderous mayor Will Tunney. MacFayden undoes at least a little bit of the damage done by the overall stiff acting and awkward dialogue ("Dead or alive? I prefer...dead!") It is not exaggeration to say that if MacFayden hadn't been cast in the role he was, I'd have given the film two less stars.

THE WORST: What really killed this film is the very wandering plot (guy sees his father die, fights in the civil war, comes back to hometown, gets married, attempts to lock up fathers killder...). In addition, the dialogue and plot line has a bit too many cliches for me.

My reccomendation? With its meandering plot, dearth of suspense, and cheesy dialogue, you should pass.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and your time August 25, 2009
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My husband I watched this movie last night. I don't "book review" movies because that information can be found in other reviews and the product description. We love westerns, have watched them for over 50 years, and have a great respect for the older, and more recent, great ones in the genre, such as Shane, High Noon, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Unforgiven, Open Range, among others. Shadowheart cannot be mentioned in the same sentence with great westerns. My husband gave it 1 ˝ stars; I had to give it one star because 0 stars cannot be posted. Here is why:

The first 10 minutes of the movie lays out the plot, which does catch your attention. Unfortunately, after the initial promise, from then on everything goes straight downhill, whether it is the story (predictable), dialogue (leaves a lot to be desired), acting (fair to poor), or directing (out to lunch). I personally didn't think it was possible to muddle the themes of revenge and redemption; however, this movie does a fairly good job of it.

The movie is relentlessly depressing. It starts out badly, and from there, it just gets worse. In that respect only, it strongly reminded me of an excellent 1967 movie called Welcome to Hard Times. Otherwise, there is nothing about Shadowheart, the title being explained in a completely confusing way, that is funny, entertaining, uplifting, or fathomable, for that matter. To compound everything, there are blatant attempts to interject revisionist history or political correctness, either with the settlers or the Indians, which have the result of placing the characters in situations doing actions that are entirely unbelievable.

There is no cinematography to speak of, so even if you wanted to just look at the scenery, that isn't an option. The movie isn't worth renting, much less purchasing. I was truly sorry to have spent two hours watching it. It will not be placed in our DVD library, and I cannot think of anyone I dislike enough to give it to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of westerns September 20, 2009
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Shadowheart is the story about a boy growing up in the west who witnesses his father murdered by a callous man played by Angus Macfadyen who is hell bent in becoming a land baron by robbing people of their land at whatever the cost.

James Conners played by Justin Ament goes off to grow up and joins the ranks in the Civil War, witnessing horrific acts and learning to survive. He returns to avenge his father and marry the girl he left behind, Mary Cooper played by Marnie Alton.

They marry but do not live for long in happiness for she is killed and thanks to Native American Indians, James Conners in the end avenges his father, finding peace and living up to the image of Shadowheart, a transformed individual thanks to his experiences while living with his Navajo friends.

The movie is predictable, the characters are not well developed, and while the filming scenes are enjoyable, we found this movie lacking the style of great westerns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Line - More of a TV Pilot September 17, 2009
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Shadowheart was an interesting movie for me. I liked the story overall, set in early west New Mexico, pre/post Civil War, where a young boy leaves a gritty growing town only to return to deal with his angst from his childhood and to cleanse himself from his difficulties he went through during the Civil War.

The movie itself is a little slow paced, yet the story itself is engaging with a few glimpses into some great potential. The actors do a great job in their parts. You will recognize a few of them. Telling is the work of Angus MacFadyen (who played Robert the Bruce in Braveheart). He is the bad guy in the movie, and you really get this gut wrenching feeling about the character, so he really does a great job. Frankly, we get the bad guys always looking smart or clean, but this guy is just an ugly mess. Great performance.

The movie is soft on language and not much if any gore. Although the violence is not completely off screen, there is no spurting blood everywhere when someone gets shot, so at least, you are more into the story than the gore.

Justin Ament is fairly new to me, so I was impressed with his acting, very serious brooding character who has flashes of insight on where he needs to be as a person.

I liked this movie and rated it a 4 for overall, yet the story line itself would be a 5. It made me feel a little like Unforgiven as far as the feel of the screen work. It could have used a little more on the wide view or panorama view to get a larger feel. I think it would make a great TV pilot and would make a good TV show like Lonesome Dove.

The only negative I felt that there were too many lines to follow, his childhood, the Civil War, the run in with the Indians, the train and the bad guy. More focus by taking one of the items out would have helped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
this is one of my favorite movies. of all time. Shadowheart is a romantic western that that should be liked by everyone.
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Published 6 months ago by Linda Root
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Western
I find this movie to be very well crafted, with good photography, story, and acting.

Technical Details: Widescreen, Dolby Surround 5. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars $5 was wayyyyy too much for this film
I'm painfully watching it now. Gotta finish it just bcs I would feel even more raped if I didn't.
Horrible horrible horrible.
It's just all bad. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joanna
2.0 out of 5 stars Other than nice scenery...not worth your time
SHADOWHEART is a Western that contains just about every cliche you could imagine from a Western...all of it delivered clumsily and with almost no new spin. Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by RMurray847
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing its Claimed Native American Roots
Shadowheart came out in 2009 and was set in the years of the civil war. Despite its intro scene which features a Navaho dancer, and the marketing push which states that there's a... Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Lisa Shea
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair at best B movie.
This movie was billed as best western since tombstone.IT was a far cry from being anywheres close as good as tombstone. At best it was ok as a B movie. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by TRM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Although I'm not a fan of westerns I have to say that this movie is decent. It's not so much the typical plot carried out by so many other westerns. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Kevin Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion differs greatly from the others
This movie is unlike any other western I've seen. My opinion runs contrary to the others here. Quit beefing when a decent movie, minus the sex and foul-mouthed lines of other... Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by Anthony J. Harkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Better Off Left In the Shadows
Unlike many people my age (who don't quite fit into Generation X or the Millenials), I was raised watching Westerns and it is a film genre that I particularly enjoy. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by tvtv3
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Showing <<Shadowheart>>
This movie was very well casted and allowed the viewing audience a peak at what it was like to live during the time of the western frontier. Read more
Published on November 5, 2010 by Linda D. Casper
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