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Dawn Rider (2012) [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Christian Slater (Lies & Illusion), Jill Hennessy (TV's Crossing Jordan) and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) star in this gripping story of vengeance and passion set in the American West. When the father of gunslinger John Mason (Slater) is shot to death by masked bandits, Mason sets out with guns blazing to track down the bandits who killed him. During his quest, he finds himself involved in a grim love triangle when he falls for Alice, the determined and beautiful woman also adored by John's best friend. Based on the timeless John Wayne adventure, Dawn Rider is a gripping saga of vengeance, duty and valor in the American West.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christian Slater, Jill Hennessy, Donald Sutherland, George Canyon, Matt Bellefleur
  • Directors: Terry Miles
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087HW2FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1883. Montana, Wyoming, Dakotas.

Christian Slater stars as "Cincinnati" John Mason, a man wanted for murder in Missouri. Donald Sutherland plays a marshal hunting him down. Meanwhile, there is a group of hooded bandits robbing stage coaches and the mail. We, the audience, know the identity of the bandits, while John tries to figure it out because they shot and killed his father. John has a love interest in Alice (Jill Hennessy) and whiskey.

The movie is supposed to be a remake of the 1935 John Wayne film, which somehow I missed. I found Slater to lack the charisma and toughness to play a cowboy. While not terrible, he was unconvincing. The soundtrack was cowboy cliche with all the bells and whistles (literally) that we have come to watch in modern spoofs. The movie has slow moving sequences of long drawn out dialouge with frequent pauses for the characters to take a long breath or a swig of whiskey. Once the film gets about half way through it picks up and even had some decent scenes.

If you looking for a western to download off Amazon, this one beats out "Hells Fury" and "Hell at my Heels" by a long shot.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity. Two adults in bed after sex.
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I have not seen John Waynes' movie of the same name. However, this movie was very entertaining and enjoyable. I've always liked Slater and Southerland, and in this one they did not let me down. My big shock was Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan). She is the most engaging that I have ever seen her! Good western with plenty of gun play, good scenery, good acting and a good story. If you like westerns, give this one a try. No nudity, violence, blood, no gore, sexual situations and an ending you probably won't see coming. Unless a reviewer spoils it. Southerland is a marshall/ pinkerton hunting Slater, so he can get the large bounty. Slater is an exlawman staying a step ahead of Southerland. Along the way, alot of things happen both good and bad and the story gets real interesting. I lost count of the number of shootings in this movie, but it is alright as I was having a good time watching it.
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Christian Slater stars as "Cincinnati" John Mason, a man wanted for murder in Missouri. Donald Sutherland plays a marshal hunting him down. Meanwhile, there is a group of hooded bandits robbing stage coaches and the mail. We, the audience, know the identity of the bandits, while John tries to figure it out because they shot and killed his father. John has a love interest in Alice (Jill Hennessy) and whiskey.

The movie is supposed to be a remake of the 1935 John Wayne film, which somehow I missed. I found Slater to lack the charisma and toughness to play a cowboy. While not terrible, he was unconvincing. The soundtrack was cowboy cliche with all the bells and whistles (literally) that we have come to watch in modern spoofs. The movie has slow moving sequences of long drawn out dialouge with frequent pauses for the characters to take a long breath or a swig of whiskey. Once the film gets about half way through it picks up and even had some decent scenes.

If you looking for a western to download off Amazon, this one beats out "Hells Fury" and "Hell at my Heels" by a long shot.

F-bomb, no sex, no nudity. Two adults in bed after sex.
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A different kind of western, moves right along. Action,Gunfights,realistic shooting,the gunmen did not always hit there target on the first shot. It had a story to tell with a little twist thrown in. [ Entertaining]
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"Dawn Rider” begins in Dakota Territory 1883 with Donald Sutherland’s character, Cochrane, closing in on fugitive “Cincinnatti” John Mason (Christian Slater). Mason, an ex-Pinkerton, returns home, and after a failed robbery by masked men, is looking for the persons responsible for his dad’s murder. He gets involved in both the mystery of his death and a love triangle with Alice Gordon (Jill Hennessy). The band of masked men are conducting robberies, but one of them has a vital reason for wanting the money. This movie is unusual because both the robbers and the reasons are revealed as they happen, leaving us to watch as John Mason discovers the truth, but there is one surprise ‘reveal’ near the end. But it probably would have been better to leave the audience in the dark. Only John’s fate is unknown and revealed at the very end. Marvelous acting, but there are plot holes, like the Sutherland character's actions. Starring Christian Slater, Jill Hennessy, and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Terry Miles. Very Definitely Recommended. Three and a half ENGAGING Stars! (90 minutes)
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Jill Hennessy is beautiful, and she's pretty nifty with a Peacemaker too.

OK, now that we've finished the highlights... Christian Slater, oh man how
much do I really want to appreciate the guy's work. Alas, he cant act. And
he's terrible here as a former Pinkerton man who allegedly shot 3 other of
his colleagues in some mysterious throwdown in either New York or Missouri
or Ohio, we never find out. And he is set after by Donald Sutherland, a Bounty
Hunter hired by a wealthy family from "back east" whose son died in a Mexican
prison when he drew the low card to Slater's Ace of Spades in a rather primitive
form of Russian Roulette.

Slater's travels eventually bring him back to his hometown of Promise, WY where
he re-ignites the flame of passion with Hennessy's character, who he hasn't seen
since they used to steal apples together as a child from the now Sheriff's daddy's
trees. Still with me?

Well of course there are locals about to lose their ranch, and they have a deadline
for the 5000 buck payment, so they resort to stealin and thievin and calamity ensues,
and ensnares our hero while he is busy with a rather biblical reorientation of Ms.
Hennessy if ya knowhudahmsayin? {wink wink}

If you've seen one Christian Slater movie you know exactly what to expect. He is still
running around with that fake intensity, that look with the squinted eyes, gritted
teeth, and gaping mouth. He does it every time, its hilarious. Donald Sutherland is
along to play the bad guy, and as usual you want him to die in the most painful way
possible.

I dont hate this movie, I'm just not crazy about it. Normally a two star flick gets
bumped one star for Jill Hennessy alone...she has a new fan.
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