A collection of Tom Selleck's greatest westerns including: Monte Walsh, Last Stand at Saber River and Crossfire Trail.]]>
The Tom Selleck Western Collection
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"Last Stand at Saber River" - 4 stars
Selleck is Paul Cable, a Confederate cavalryman who has come home from the Civil War (only slightly) early. He knows the war is lost for the South, he is worn out, and he only wants to take his family back to their homestead in Arizona to live a normal life. His wife, who was told that he was dead, is less than thrilled to have him back home because she is resentful that he left to fight in the war in the first place. Suzy Amis does an excellent job as Martha Cable. She is not the stereotypical beauty who runs around in a bustle under fancy dresses. She is a tough frontierswoman who has experienced many hardships and gets her husband out of some tight spots as the movie progresses.
While the majority of the movie is good at depicting the divisions between North and South that caused the Civil War and which the Civil War then exacerbated, the subplot of the inner struggles that Paul and Martha Cable face is far more interesting. It's a great movie until the end, when we get the additional time-worn subplot of a Confederate soldier who just can't give up the Lost Cause. No, it's not Selleck's character who has this problem, but Selleck already had covered this territory in 1982's "The Shadow Riders" (though it wasn't his character who wanted to keep fighting in that movie either); John Wayne's "The Undefeated" is another well-known Western with the Lost Cause plotline.Read more ›
And then suddenly, westerns just seemed to drop off the face of the earth and with the exception of the occasional film - Unforgiven / Dances With Wolves and a few others, this genre was verging on extinction.
But thank goodness for people like Clint (in his earlier years), Sam Elliot and Tom Selleck, who have done their very best to keep the western alive.
This collection of Tom Selleck's TNT / made-for-television films is a wonderful addition to anybody's collection of great western films. Tom is a very believable and credible cowboy, who epitomizes the code that many western men of the late 19th century lived by - honor/ integrity.
We, of course, had our first glimpse of Tom as a western star in some of his earlier films - The Sacketts / The Shadow Riders / Quigley Down Under and he continues to maintain the level of excellence he established with Monte Walsh / Crossfire Tail and Last Stand At Sabre River.
I think what sets these types of films apart is that they have little choice but to stand on nothing more than compelling stories and solid performances. Unlike so many of the movies that are so popular today, these films don't rely on incredible special effects or computer generated images to hold our attention. The story and character development is the primary appeal of these films.Read more ›
Monty Walsh has got to be one of my favorite westerns of all time. Tom Sellecks humor, and his honest portrayals of western men is just wonderful. He is a classic, and so is this collection. I recieved it in the mail at my office, and a girl who worked for me said, "Who's the old guy with the cheesy mustache?" I almost punched her in the throat.
PS: I only gave this 4.5 stars not to dis' this excellent movie, but to note that there are better westerns IMHO. True Grit, The Shootist, Open Range, Sons of Katie Elder, Shenandoah (always makes me cry) are all as good or better in some cases.
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This Tom Selleck collection completely exceeded expectations. Outstanding!Published 6 days ago by Compubooth
VERY GOOD SELLACK MOVIES. HE'S TOUGH AND SURE GOOD IN THESE 3 MOVIES...Published 9 days ago by Louie the Lip
Tom Selleck has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I do like this movie.Published 15 days ago by Lonnie D Cross
Selleck movies are always good, and this dvd is worth the money.Published 22 days ago by Dale G. Porsche Mech.
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