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Texas Rangers (2001)

James Van Der Beek , Rachael Leigh Cook , Steve Miner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ashton Kutcher, Dylan McDermott, Usher Raymond
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: George Durham, Martin Copeland, Scott Busby
  • Producers: Alan Greisman, Bob Weinstein, Cary Granat, David S. Cass Sr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXKP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,335 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Texas Rangers" on IMDb

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If you want to see James Van Der Beek and Ashton Kutcher decked out in cowboy hats and leather chaps, Texas Rangers is the movie for you. Van Der Beek is a young recruit out to avenge his family, who were shot down by bandits; Dylan McDermott is the loose cannon commander of the Texas Rangers unit that's out to track those bandits down. Along for the ride are Kutcher, Usher Raymond, Robert Patrick, Randy Travis, and a host of other good-looking young actors. Rachael Leigh Cook provides some assurance that everything is appropriately heterosexual, though a scene in which Kutcher jumps into a washtub with Van Der Beek may raise some eyebrows. Head bandit Alfred Molina grins with nonchalance as his men gun down innocent bystanders. No one in the cast even attempts to speak with a credible Texas accent, but everyone's hair is exquisitely mussed. --Bret Fetzer

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Starring James Van Der Beek (TV's DAWSON'S CREEK, VARSITY BLUES) and Dylan McDermott (TV's THE PRACTICE) alongside Ashton Kutcher (TV's THAT '70s SHOW) and Usher Raymond (THE FACULTY) ... After the Civil War, Texas is at the mercy of murderous bandits! From the chaos emerges a group of young cowboys summoned to reform the Texas Rangers and restore order! Under the fearless leadership of Leander McNelly (McDermott), the new Rangers find themselves severely outgunned and outgunned, but unmatched for courage and determination. From the director of HALLOWEEN: H20 and featuring Rachael Leigh Cook (SHE'S ALL THAT) and Robert Patrick (SPY KIDS).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Distorting Texas Rangers History July 7, 2005
I've read quite a few books lately about the Texas Rangers, including 'Taming the Nueces Strip' by George Durham, on which this film is supposedly based, and 'Texas Ranger' by N A Jennings, on whom the character of Lincoln Rogers Dunnison is obviously based. Jennings' book, as he himself admitted, is not wholly truthful, yet his character (Dunnison) is made the hero of the film, while Durham's character (given his real name) is a foil to Dunnison. Jennings lasted two years in the Rangers before going back east and never rose above private (and secretary to McNelly), while Durham lasted a whole lot longer and fought alongside McNelly with distinction. Yet in the movie Durham is made to look an excitable idiot, while Dunnison becomes a Ranger captain. Why the scriptwriters should have chosen to do this is a mystery.

Dylan McDermott as Captain Leander McNelly gives a very good performance, as does Robert Patrick as Sergeant John Armstrong (who captured John Wesley Hardin in later years). Alfred Molina's performance as a grinning King Fisher is neither menacing or cruel - just inept. The real King Fisher was confronted by McNelly but always escaped justice at the time.

The young McNelly made his reputation as a leader in the Civil War and further enhanced his reputation as a Ranger captain in the Nueces Strip. He once led a daring (and illegal) raid into Mexico to retrieve stolen Texas cattle from bandits but his men were never massacred by bandits, despite a few close shaves in Mexico.

Jesus Sandoval was a vengeful sadist, whose wife had been killed by Mexican bandits, but this character hardly figured in the movie (his gruesome exploits could not have been shown anyway).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Bullet December 13, 2001
In the after-effects of the Civil War, Texas is a sleeping giant falling prey to vicious marauding and theft by Mexican invaders. The Rangers were disbanded to fight for the South; now they are to be regrouped, with a former pastor-turned-lawman, Leander McNelly (Dylan McDermott), in he lead. Persuaded by the government to undertake the training and leadership of thirty rag-taggled, half-bit schoolboy-turned-lawmen, McNelly finds himself at odds not only with his own priorities and shaken faith, but his inability in leadership.
One member of this poor crop of unshaven boys is Dunnison (James Van Der Beek), whose family was slaughtered by the Mexicans. Due to his writing talents, he is chosen as McNelly's personal aid and undertakes documenting all of the reports to Washington.
With very little time for training, the Rangers saddle up and ride off to meet their fates. But prejudice, poor shooting skills and mistakes are the least of McNelly's problems. There is also a traitor among them... a character who will turncoat... and a violent climax in Mexico.
Texas Rangers (PG13) has a good heart and could have been a great film. It's been a long time since there's been a truly excellent western on the market -- not since Jimmy Stewart donned his white hat and rode into the west. Sadly, this one will not fill the void. The fact that the film was not pre-released for the press is a dead giveaway that something is lacking. The acting is excellent -- pity the scriptwriters didn't give Dylan McDermott and Rachael Leigh Cook more to work with. The soundtrack is gorgeous -- will it be released? Probably not, considering the big-screen failure of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Western October 30, 2013
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Texas Rangers has everything you want in a movie- great characters, great scenery, and lots of action.

The story is riveting, and the acting superb.

A modern day western.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie October 14, 2013
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This is a great movie. The story line is interesting and easy to follow. I reccomend this movie to anyone,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Texas rangers October 4, 2013
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Top shelf action packed great cast of stars all doing a great job in the movie. Action packed from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good service July 2, 2013
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Amazon continues it's good service helping find and deliver hard to locate films. The tracking system is great and easy to use.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How the West Was...Politely Tamed September 8, 2004
By C-N-G
Texas Rangers is not as bad as you've heard. Sure, the timeline is a little wonky (think of this as McNelly's greatest hits) and takes some liberty with the history (namely McNelly's family life and his relationship with King), but those are pretty small flaws. The action scenes are well put together, more Young Guns 2 than Young Guns, and the acting is adequate--Ashton Kutcher and Usher being in it and all.

It's a decent movie, and if you like Texas History I believe you'll enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Texas Rangers January 21, 2013
By Denis
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Would have been nice to have subtitles. I like the movie. However, I have older movies that have been prepared with more features than this. My rating is based more on the disc preparation than the movies itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story and actors
Published 14 days ago by Andrew J. Genualdi Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Texas Rangers
This is an excellent movie. I regularly select this movie to watch in my leisure time.
Published 1 month ago by Alexander Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 2 months ago by Leroy Turrentine Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good movie a few funny points and well put together
Published 3 months ago by Helen Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Rangers
If you want a good western that seems to match historical facts, Texas Rangers will leave you satisfied.I put Texas Rangers on the first shelf of westerns.
Published 5 months ago by Loretta Tuttle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Great series, wish there was more of the series. Good story line and a great movie when you have movie night.
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars New Texas Rangers
I enjoyed this DVD on the new generation of young actors pertraying the Texas Rangers. Not sure how acurate the storyline of this movie is in regards to the real Texas Rangers but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Master1349
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
It's an okay movie. It looked a little like it might have been made for tv. There's nothing bad in it, which was a nice change from so many other Hollywood movies.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Tschetter
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