Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jul 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A gunslinger gets into troubke in a small town and must wait for a former sheriff to show up to help settle matters.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing advertisements for it since it was one of the first HBO Original movies but never saw it because it never really interested me at the time.
Kirk Douglas and James Coburn are both excellent here as a criminal and lawman who have aged well beyond their primes.
They recall the days when they had their youth and have both moved on in life to more important endeavors.
The story itself is a bit slow but the pacing matches how they both feel as they both try to decide what needs to be done.
I really enjoyed the way they try to explore the effects of aging on men in the old west no matter what side of the law you are part of.
It was great how we were able to know everything that truly happened from the viewpoints of the two men yet at the same time see how and why the townspeople would see thing differently.
The way that they depict the aging cowboys is done in such a way that probably wouldn’t have been appealing for a theatrical feature yet works quite well in a made for TV film.
HBO was one of the first cable stations to push the envelope and they produced some great films in the 80’s.
Bottom Line – Douglas and Coburn are both great here as the ageing duo. Slow moving western that discusses issues not usually shown in movies; The effects of age on members of both sides of the law in the old west. Gives us s great perspective on the situation because we are allowed to see everything that both men are dealing with while also being able to see what the townspeople are shown. Age is dealt with in an innovative way that probably wouldn’t have been shown in a feature film. Thankfully HBO was able to make films like this in the 80’s. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Coburn took over from an ailing Burt Lancaster (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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