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  • Actors: Willie Nelson, Matt Bearden, John Beasley, L.J. Burleson, Barry Corbin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Velocity Home Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000897B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the American West at the turn of the century, a gang of ruthless bandits led by Charlie Ledbetter (Barry Corbin) arrives at the ranch of Charlie Hancock (Willie Nelson) and shoots to death. His young sons are allowed to survive. Thirteen years later, the older boy (Brad Hunt) is known as the Morphinist--a morphine addict who is also an indiscriminate killer. The younger brother (Daniel Lapaine) is The Journeyman, a silent type who tracks his brother in hopes of redeeming his soul. After the Morphinist robs the mining company run by Ledbetter, the Journeyman becomes part of Ledbetter's gang--without them knowing his true identity--in order to save his brother from destruction. THE JOURNEYMAN is a bold, experimental, and contemporary western which injects vital, contemporary blood into a rapidly declining genre.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on September 4, 2004
Format: DVD
An old man is shot by a band of outlaws in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. One of his grandsons is kidnapped and brutalized by his grandfather's murderers, the other hides and is later taken in by a passing priest. Roll title credits and roll forward "Thirteen Years Later...."

The kidnapped son becomes an outlaw himself, a spaghetti outlaw whose character is known as the Morphinist (Brad Hunt.) The younger brother, presumably raised by Catholic priests, is listed in the credits as the Journeyman (Daniel Lapaine.)

THE JOURNEYMAN is one of those low budget productions that surprises you with its good acting and smart look. This is to date director's James Crowley's only feature film. He's a professional "location manager"- in other words, he scouts out cool looking locations for films. THE JOURNEYMAN's dry and desolate setting, southern Texas along the Rio Grande River, look just right for this violent movie.

Its premise is intriguing, as well. After his leg is shattered when his horse is shot and falls on it(this is the same incident that causes the outlaw gang to desert him and further reinforces the revenge motive) the Morphinist's leg is amputated and he's given morphine to quench the pain. In short order he is an addict and a brutal, remorseless killer. He becomes especially jittery when too long from the needle.

Hunt is good as the wraithlike young killer. On the commentary track Crowley tells us that he lost fourteen pounds while filming the movie, and indeed by the end of the movie Hunt looks gaunt and played out. It's interesting to get an extended back-story on the Man With No Name.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Johnboy1 on January 20, 2004
Format: DVD
I disagree with Allan. I loved this film. True, it is confusing at times, but well worth seeing.
Character actors Corbin and Gilliam are great, but this clearly is Brad Hunt's film, from the start. He's a remarkable talent and deserves recognition for it. Not for one second do you doubt that he's an empty shell of a man who's given up on searching for real meaning in his life. It's an incredible performance, and I only hope that he's destined for stardom, in the future.
If you don't care for gritty, downbeat westerns, this one might not be your cup-of-tea (Unforgiven is a walk in the forest by comparison), but otherwise you need to see it for Brad Hunt's stunning performance.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "bigbobsdonutpoo" on April 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Don't be fooled by the low budget...this film proves that a story can be well told even without the filter of millions of dollars. The characters of the two brothers in Journeyman are so alike, you might be unsure if it is just one actor playing two roles. A blend of reality, and morphine induced surrealism evoke--besides what you see on the screen--the image of one who is lost, in more ways than one, wandering through God's Country in search of some answer, be it through either redemption or damnation. Both brothers seem lost in their own right, yet while one seems to seek an almost 'Doc Holiday-ish' end by incurring as much violence as he can become swept up into, the other is apparently looking for his brother in hopes of actually saving him from an inexorable doom. Their parts are played to perfection by Brad Hunt and Daniel LaPaine, with Hunt being 'The Morphinist', and LaPaine as the 'The Journeyman'. LaPaine has been apparently raised and educated by a priest who finds him in hiding after the murder of his grandfather (Willie Nelson). After the priest rides away with the young boy, there is a lapse of 13 years, and the only clues one really gets as to his religious education are his silent observation (slow to speak, slower to act), a few moments of concentrated prayer, and his refusal to be goaded by a self-aggrandizing tough, even after he is struck by the braggart. Hunt, on the other hand, has been literally dragged and carried off by the very men who murdered their grandfather, and there are a few references to what happened to him in those 13 years, but these are only through his own drug hazed memory.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Ledbetter on March 16, 2004
Format: DVD
The Journeyman is a western which is truly relevant to the hip hop generation. It is a tale of violence begetting violence generation upon generation. It is a tale of the erosion of a man's psyche because of drug addiction. It is a story of sin, but no redemption. It is a story of purposeless hatred and the love of two brothers undistilled by time and space.
Aside from the intriguing story, the sets and locations are really wonderful. The set dressing and props are perfect, down to the most minor piece of horsetack. After viewing this movie several times I noticed that the guns, fashions and machinery changed along with the century. I found this movie truly fascinating. It is a western on a par with The Searchers or The Unforgiven. This film is the most opulent and impressive low budget western ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coconut"Jim" on April 17, 2009
Format: DVD
This was a very drawn out western and kind of weird too. It is better than some...certainly worse than others.

It is a revenge movie that develops to a semi-surprising end. An ok movie to see once,but, probably a one time event for me. If you are a Willie Nelson cowboy fan.....this is not for you.If you sneeze ...you might miss him.
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