Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the Sheriff, the bank, and each other.
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Charlie Smith just wants to do a good job and provide for his wife. But between her demands for a more affluent lifestyle and the importuning of Charlie's partner Cat to take part in illegal activities in exchange for bribes, Charlie gets caught up in helping smuggle illegal immigrants across the Texas border. When one of them, a young Mexican girl named Maria, loses her baby to abductors who plan to sell the child, Charlie decides to take a stand for her and against the corruption he's fallen into.Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
The intention had been that Robert Blake would star, but his name on the marquee would not, it was thought, generate enough audience interest. See more »
Not so much a mistake, but just some darn good filmmaking. Near the end of the film Charlie Smith(Jack Nicholson) is having a shootout with J.J.(Jeff Morris). J.J. , carrying a loaded shotgun, is trying to escape Charlie's gunfire outside a barn. J.J. runs into a wire or equipment obstruction and falls to the ground accidentally triggering the shotgun and blowing out his own brains. Some good stop-motion photography is employed here and an obvious dummy or mannequin is revealed as J.J. gets the shotgun blast. Nicholson's character Charlie Smith stands aghast as the dead J.J.'s brains ooze out and shotgun smear covers his body. The stop-motion dummy is similar to the scene in "Casino"(1995) where Robert DeNiro gets into his Cadillac, turns the ignition, and the car turns into a fireball revealing an obvious dummy/mannequin. See more »
As a teacher of English in Germany you always look for worthy material on the Latino immigration influx . This film is a valuable opener for such a series of lessons. It reveals the impact of the problem. It makes use of outstanding performances: Nicholson and Keitel are as cool as ever. Pellerine is the American woman. Her friends are that, too. The mafia ring consisting of policemen and coyotes is shown realistically. Violence is explicit but not overdone. Landscape and Latino immigrants are depicted in all their shades and lights. The strong American individual wins in the end - again. The good side beats the bad side. The Ry Cooder soundtrack is more than worth listening to. It is authentically reconstructed as always. Teachers: Pick up that video or DVD and use the movie for your lessons on the US Latino problem!
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