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The Desperate Trail [DVD] (1995)


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  • Actors: Sam Elliott, Craig Sheffer, Linda Fiorentino, Frank Whaley, John Furlong
  • Directors: P. J. Pesce
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Surround Sound, Mono
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00083G3JQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,090 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Linda Fiorentino stars in this western as a woman about to be hanged by Marshall Speaks. On the way to the gallows she escapes but then she is held up by a charming con-man played by Craig Sheffer. However, it's not long before the pair buddy up and set about doing a bank job. But Speaks is on their trail with a vengeful posse.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By BUBS. on 1 May 2009
Format: DVD
i sat down to watch this film not expecting a lot really , but it turns out this is a very good western about a sheriff and his posse chasing after outlaws . this is a violent film very true to the wild west and not at all over the top just graphic and bloody , this is quite similar in style to open range and if you liked that film you will be happy watching this beauty , the acting is good and convincing and the story is believable . a very enjoyable film indeed.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Barrett Rose on 29 Aug 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Desperate Trail probably refers to the screen writers' difficulties, and indeed, they seem to have written this shaky script by lamplight in a stagecoach traversing darned rough ground, with a bottle of whiskey to help.

However this is a western wherein almost anything can be forgiven if the actors are competent, and that these are, and well directed by P. J. Pesce. Also, apart from the actors in every case giving a fine performance, the technical support once more demonstrates Turner Pictures' understanding of the Western. Costumes are perfectly true to place and time; textures, style, and colours are remarkable in their accurate detail. Sets, properties, equipment and background put the action firmly into the nineteenth century, convincing in every detail, and more interesting, the weapons are not only of the period, but of a variety that show that the property department crew know their job inside out.

Sam Elliott as a cold, cruel hearted lawman comes as a shock. This is not his usual affable portrayal, but he handles this role convincingly.
Craig Sheffer is amusing and believable as a happy go lucky robber; and an actor I would like to see more of.
But it is Linda Fiorentino who steals this movie. She plays a hard as nails gravel-voiced female robber who doesn't hesitate to gun down any feller who gets fancy ideas about her. But she is also amusing, able to carry off comedy in a manner reminiscent of Shirley Maclaine. The lady is a dish and more important, a fine actress. Yeah.
Go for this one. The movie is well worth owning.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2011
Format: DVD
The Desperate Trail is directed and co-written by P. J. Pesce with Tom Abrams. It stars Sam Elliott, Craig Sheffer, Linda Fiorentino and Frank Whalley. Music is scored by Stephen Endelman and cinematography by Michael Bonvillain. Plot sees Fiorentino and Scheffer team up as wanted fugitives out on the lam, pursued by lawman Sam Elliott, who will so anything outside the law to get his way.

The violence is loaded and film aspires to be a Leone and Peckinpah hybrid, so much so it would be easy for the casual Western viewer to believe they were witness to something special in the genre. Slow motion action and explosive blood squibs are the order of the day, throw in some genre staples and you are good to go. After a great opening, a false dawn if ever there was one, Pesce's (From Dusk Till Dawn 3/Sniper 3) picture suffers from bad direction, bad editing, awful musical scoring and the biggest problem of all, gross miscasting. Fiorentino, a fine actress and a fine looking woman, is no rooting tooting vengeance seeking blood spilling cowgirl, while Scheffer? Seriously? Who thought that was a good idea? And Endelman scores it like it's the bastard son of science fiction and Australia outback.

Elliott is good value, he almost always is, but even he at times looks to be wondering just what he is doing in such poor fare. Bonvillain's photography holds up well, with some nice broad lensing of the Santa Fe and Tesuque Pueblo locations; with one gorgeous red sky shot particularly impressive, and the final shoot out is competently staged. But this is a bad Western film, even by TV movie standards. Cribbing from better movies and better film makers does not a good film make, case in point, The Desperate Trail. 3/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gejdel on 6 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Desperate is the right word to describe this awful western. I agree that the variety of weapons used in the film showed a good knowledge of that era, but Please! The storyline was poor, the casting totaly wrong. They were all good actors but just not believeable for the parts they played. The scenes were so staged and telegraphed that you knew what was going to happen before it did.Sam Elliot has made better TV series than this film. The music score was awful and annoying, it seemed to be imitating the spaghetti western of old.This sort of rubbish would do the resurgence of the western no good at all. If you want to watch a good western look out for Robert Duvall films.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DoDo Fan on 7 Oct 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is not one of Sam Elliott's best westerns , but its far from his worst (if indeed one such exists!)
The usual affable character that Elliott normally plays won't be found in this movie. Playing a ruthless lawman he's hot on the trail of a Bonnie and Clyde duo. That is the sum of the basic plot. Nevertheless, the film is entertaining and I should mention, not short on violence. The producers of this movie have really delivered the goods on the production side with very authentic costuming, brilliant atmospheric photography and all scenes are presented with great efficiency. There'll be few complaints from Elliott watchers - if ever a lawman of the period looked like one , he does! The movie is a decent ninety minutes worth for followers of the genre.
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