I can't believe I'm the first person to review this film, what is in my opinion one of the best made-for-tv movies ever. Fans of John Cusack should already have seen this, but if you haven't I urge you to buy a copy quickly before it gets deleted, because John gives one of his best-ever performances.
This is a western, and the story in a nutshell (no spoilers) is this; Cusack is forced to leave two of his horses with a local rancher, only to return a few weeks later and find they have been badly treated. Cusack then asks that the horses be cared for properly and returned to the condition he left them in, to which the rancher has absolutely no intention of doing. From here on Cusack does everything he can to see that justice is served. But no matter how hard he tries, or how honourable his intentions are, nothing seems to go his way...and suffer's some dire consequences along the way.
The character of Myrl Redding (Cusack) is one of honour, integrity and morals, but the film never descends into melodrama which it could of have so easily. There's also a strong supporting cast including L.Q. Jones (the main bad guy), and John Goodman who gives a great performance as the judge who - though upholding the law - realises that the wrong man suffers at the hands of "justice". Also look out for Miranda Otto (Cusack's wife) who later went on to star in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Ultimately though, this is John Cusack's film and he gives a powerhouse performance. Its hard to believe that The Jack Bull never had a theatrical release, becasue with it's strong cast, script, direction (John Badham - Saturday Night Fever) and acting - it deserved one.