Red Headed Stranger [VHS]
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I watched it last night on cable Encore Westerns, which gave it only one star. But I've always been amused by Willie Nelson Westerns, usually good light entertainment, so I thought I'd give it a try until the one star rating reared its ugly head. I kept waiting and waiting for its promised mediocrity to emerge, but things just got better and better. By the end of the movie I was wondering where on earth the one star rating had come from. Did someone say, "Oh, this must only be one star because it wasn't big budget and I never heard of it"? What does the Encore Westerns star rating system mean, anyhow? Popularity? Reputation? If that's what it means, then it's one star, but no one uses that system for movie ratings, at least no one with a modicum of intelligence.
Enough of my rant. What about the movie itself? It has many of the characteristics of a classical Western, its setting and development. This really is the Wild West: lawless, where people had to take care of themselves without expecting any organized law and order. We have the familiar hero confronting evil forces in the face of cowardly townsfolk being bullied and exploited by those evil forces and in need of rescue by the courage of the hero. But in this case, the hero goes from the heights of idealism and uncompromising high principles and courage, to the nadir of despair and iniquity, only to rebound with newfound grounding in his original ideals, born from simple feelings of emptiness in his fall into perdition, and recognition that his original high mindedness is where life that is truly worth living is to be found.Read more ›
Now I catch the movie every chance I get. It is very complex - a love story, a tragedy, a regression into hell, then recovery, a second love story and finally a cleaning up on a mean and vicious family. There are many side-stories woven in. I'll try to share this story as best as I caught it, and also tie it into the songs on the album.
His first love. The movie starts with a wedding scene in Philadelphia. The bride (Raysha, by Morgan Fairchild) is a beauty, and part of the east coast establishment. She glances at a picture of the man who came in second, before she exits the church and sees the wedding gift from her husband, a beautiful pony, a dancin' bay pony.
Track 1: Time of the Preacher.
The next scene shows Julian and Raysha on a two horse stagecoach, with the pony tied on behind. As they approach Driscoll, MT, after a long and hot trip, they spot a creek, where Raysha decides a bath is in order. Enter the five grown sons of Larn Claver. This could have been a very ugly scene, but Julian was able to finesse the situation with the aid of a hidden rifle.
In Discroll they discover that the only water is from the Clavers; an old well is there, but dry; very few attend his first church service and many mock it; and the sheriff is a man by the name of Reese Scoby, friendly, but inclined to leave things alone. At supper, Raysha asks: Julian, why did you bring me here?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always loved this movie ,I considerate to be one the most underrated Westerns. I wish it was available in DVD format.Published 2 months ago by william e blocker
The VHS has arrived. I have been busy with other projects and have not viewed it as of yet. I'm sure I will like it as I read the book on Willie Nelson's lifePublished 5 months ago by Geraldine M. Mahan
have been looking for this movie for my husband finally found it and it was worth the waitPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't like having to say it, but it's true. I watched this awful movie because of the inexplicably glowing reviews I read on this very page. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JawnsBoy3
This needs to be made into electronic media otherwise it will die with the VHS.Published 10 months ago by Clifford Coy
I liked the CD of the songs that are played during the movie and the movie was good also.Published 10 months ago by lawrence w heaney
In my opinion, this is the best movie Willie Nelson ever made. When I look at his other films that are available on DVD, it makes me wonder why this gem has yet to make it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sandra Martinez