Set in 1890's Montana, a conflict between the widowed Maggie Carter and cattle baron Cyrus McCall escalates into a "range war" when McCall threatens her survival as a rancher by putting up a barbed-wire fence. The battle escalates when their children get involved and a mysterious stranger from Maggie's past comes back into her life.
Independent filmmakers are a breed apart. With little to no hope of making millions of dollars they pour their artistic heart into their productions. Movies that offers few rewards other than the gratification of a job well done. ONE-EYED HORSE’s production of Day of the Gun is a perfect example. Free of expectations the movie delivers on the only promise necessary, good storytelling and a commitment to entertainment. I particularly commend the dedication and integrity of the filmmakers for reconstructing an old-fashioned Western Movie. Conflict, morality, unique Western portraits, and steadfastness come at you visually from the first scenes. Without a budget of millions for site locations, Day of the Gun crafted vistas from whole-cloth. Scenes that appear to be shot on the prairie and in the mountains come across with spectacular magnificence. The moment young Kate Carter, played by Erin Heilman steps off an authentic looking steam belching locomotive, the character of the movie is established. The special effects are impressive. This is a film worth watching if, for no other reason, to glimpse authentic emotions and passions of a bye-gone era. Gun fights, big sky, horse wrangling are first rate. It's fun to pick out actors you imagine are preparing for a great career. I especially liked Jason Brown and Sam Lukowski's performance. Cudos to ONE-EYED HORSE and the people who cherish the art of storytelling.
The acting is roughly on par with an amateur theatrical production. I can't decide if the dialogue is equally as bad or if the amateurish acting just makes it seem that way. If there was action perhaps I could overlook other problems but things move along rather slowly with a lot of talking, which, delivered in the amateur style of this movie, makes it unwatchable for me. I quit after about 40 minutes.
I love westerns, but this one was full of bad acting, bad ladies'costumes, and a slow story line. If you can get past the first half hour, which is pretty lame, like it was filmed by an amateur with a bunch on unknown actors. I am wondering why Eric Roberts was in this one. He was the only "A list" or seasoned actor in the film. Hate to say it, but he must have needed work that year. If you can watch this for free, then do so, but I would not recommend renting or paying $$ for this movie. What I would like to know is where this movie was filmed? Montana? the scenery was beautiful.
I LOVE westerns. But this was one I just couldn't take. I didn't even get past the 30 min mark. Such bad acting and visual affects. Absolutely dreadful. The only good thing is I have prime so I didn't actually pay for this.
I love westerns. I love interesting characters. I love gorgeous natural settings. And, I love a classic story. Day of the Gun has all of these. True, it has B-rated FX, some lesser skilled scenes of acting, and some odd line deliveries but if you possess an imagination, then you will enjoy this "Saturday matinee style western." Besides, it's always good to see Eric Roberts in a movie.
If this is a first effort from the screen writer and director then it gets 3 [ I don't remember if they're the same person or not]. It has good story line and some decent acting and scene development. However it exudes amateurism, but everybody has to start somewhere. On the other hand, if this is a 3rd or 4th effort by either party, then it rates maybe 1 1/2 stars. In either case lets hope they haven't quit their day jobs.
If there was a 2 1/2 star rating I'd give it that. The best part of this was the beauty of the scenery. I really love westerns but this was not what I expected. This was more of a theater play but shot on film. It took a few sessions for me to get through the entire movie. Another words if you begin to watch this when you are a bit tired......it will definitely put you to sleep.