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Aces N' Eights

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A rousing western adventure of the men and women who made the West, Aces N' Eights is a sure-fire winning draw you can bet on. A war is waged when a small group of steadfast landowners in the frontier town of Nogales band together against a ruthless railroad man who strives to take their land and lay tracks. His cold-blooded gunmen have killed before to get what they want, but now they've finally met their match. What ensues is a classic battle of good versus evil. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Oscare and Golden Golbe winner Wenest Borgine, Casper Van Dien, And Bruce Boxleitner, Aces N' Eights is now available for the first time on DVD!

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  • Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Casper Van Dien, Bruce Boxleitner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aces N' Eights" on IMDb

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Having Ernest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) together on-screen is a treat. Thank goodness the rest of the cast is just as good in this surprisingly vicious and bloody western. Jack Noseworthy has a lot of good scenes as the railroad surveyor trying to bring the Wild West into the Gilded Age (shades of Gene Hackman in Unforgiven). Casper Van Dien takes the reins as the leading man, with Jeff Kober gleefully shooting everything in sight. (Sadly, he has no sympathy for his tired stooges, who have to bury all the innocent folk he pointlessly dispatches.)

Women don't have much to do in this production, but that is the western tradition and the director doesn't want to mess with that. The giant climactic battle has a number of great surprises near the end, including a big surprise as to who gets the final shot in the battle. The title of the movie is explained by Boxleiter's character during the movie, and will be familiar to viewers of the Deadwood television series.

This is a true western in the grandest Hollywood tradition, with modern bloodshed that would make Jason Statham wilt. A great way to spend an evening, as Ernest Borgnine rides off into the sunset. (Unless he has another western in him.)
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This above-average but violent made-for-television western pits the villainous land-hungry railroad against the defenseless, small-time ranchers whose lands lay on the route sought by the railroad. Stuntman/action director Craig R. Baxley helms this exciting B-movie horse opera with flaw to spare. The color photography constantly thrusts you into the thick of the gunfire and the handheld camera work lends a versimilitude to the action that enhances this oater. Casper Van Dien is actually tolerable for a change and the beard gives him a lot of maturity. Late in the action, he puts on a poncho and vaguely resembles Clint Eastwood. Basically, Van Dien plays a gunslinger who has tried to hang up his six-gun and reform himself. Naturally, the villains compel him to strap on his hog-leg one more time. The sturdy cast includes Bruce Boxleitner as a believable gunfighter. Ernest Borgnine of THE WILD BUNCH plays one of the chief ranchers that the railroad has been harassing about his land. "Sugarland Express" star William Atherton is an unscrupulous local railroad official who has no qualms against killing to make a point. Of course, the devious Chicago-based railroad company doesn't want to pay a penny more for the land. "Aces 'N Eights" springs a couple of surprises along the way without violating any of the formula conventions of westerns. The Dennis Shryack and Ronald M. Cohen screenplay observes all the cliches and then wields them with style. For example, the Bruce Boxleitner gunfighter is reminiscent of Ben Johnson's gunfighter in "Shane." Jack Noseworthy stands out as a member of the railroad who has come to negotiate a peaceful settlement between the railroad and the landowners. The gunfights are noisy but not bloody. The treacherous hired guns working for the railroad terrorize and murder land owners and their wives to scare them into selling out. The finale is a well-staged gunfight between the heroes and the villains with a surprisingly conclusion.
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"Aces N' Eights" (the title has nothing to do with the story, BTW) revives the old chestnut about the railroad forcing landowners off their property, spiced up with names like Ernest Borgnine (as the most stubborn homesteader), William Atherton (as the nasty railroad bureaucrat, naturally), Casper Van Dien and Bruce Boxleitner (both quite good as gunmen who develop consciences) and Jeff Kober (looking eerily like Denis Leary as the most bloodthirsty of Atherton's men). A minuscule budget and pedestrian direction (by Craig R. Baxley) does the film in, with poorly-staged action scenes, continuity problems, and an annoying reliance on tight close-ups.

It's all been done before, and done better..."Aces N' Eights" is for undiscriminating western fans only!
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The phrase "aces and eights" refers to the cards that Wild Bill Hickok held in his hand when he was shot in the back.
In this film there are two old-time acquaintances, both having been gunmen, one not doing it any more. They are on the two sides of a conflict. The retired gunman, as in most westerns, is on the good side.
There is also a girl who is attracted to the good gunman and he to her but, as in most westerns, he does not want to have her marry a gunman.
The railroad wants to build track on land belonging to various frontiersmen and want to pay only a small price for the land. The local railroad man hires vicious cutthroats to force the men to sell. The cutthroats murder both men and women, as well as children and ranch hands. Ernest Borgnine - looking very old - does not want to sell. He spent decades working and improving his land. He hired the good gunman - not as a gunman but as a land worker.
Matters get out of hand and the good gunman needs to decide if he will pack his gun again, and the acquaintance needs to make decisions as well.
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This is an okay movie. It has a lot of unjust and cold blooded killing in it of land owners by a town mayor trying to obtain land for the railroad. I can't say that I was sorry to see the bad ones come to their end. Bruce Boxlightner(?) stars in this movie and he starts out as one of the bad guys, switches sides over half way through the movie and dies in the end. That was unfortunate.
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