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5.0 out of 5 stars I ride for the brand, and fight for it
Sam Elliott as Conagher is the epitome of the true blue western hero.
Portraying an ageing cowboy, he sets a high standard. When Conagher gets a job riding for the brand he fights for it too, and can't be bribed or bullied to betray his employer. He is not only honest, but as tough as they come. Friendly until crossed, he'll fight any man looking for trouble. But...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody give it to me son.I fought for it."
Gritty oater chronicles the hardship of frontier life as steely widow Evie(Katherine Ross)and her two children stranded in Indian country through tragic circunstances attempt to make the best of it by becoming a rest stop for the stagecoaches that pass through.Into their life comes Conn Conagher(Sam Elliott)a cowboy who forms an "attachment" to them but is wary of...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ride for the brand, and fight for it, 29 Aug 2009
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Sam Elliott as Conagher is the epitome of the true blue western hero.
Portraying an ageing cowboy, he sets a high standard. When Conagher gets a job riding for the brand he fights for it too, and can't be bribed or bullied to betray his employer. He is not only honest, but as tough as they come. Friendly until crossed, he'll fight any man looking for trouble. But hard as he is, he is a gentle man and a gentleman with women, which introduces Katherine Ross, (his real-life wife). She has a hard life, her husband missing, and presumed dead, having set off to buy cattle with all their savings, leaving her to make a living as best she can on a ranch with no cattle, and not much in the way of any other advantage.
With the usual Turner Pictures' cast of believable characters, convincing costumes and sets, this bitter-sweet western is well worth watching.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody give it to me son.I fought for it.", 2 Dec 2007
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Gritty oater chronicles the hardship of frontier life as steely widow Evie(Katherine Ross)and her two children stranded in Indian country through tragic circunstances attempt to make the best of it by becoming a rest stop for the stagecoaches that pass through.Into their life comes Conn Conagher(Sam Elliott)a cowboy who forms an "attachment" to them but is wary of settling down especially when he takes sides with an aged landowner who is being persecuted by rustlers.
Real life husband and wife Elliott and Ross shine in tailor made parts,the story moves briskly with several unpredictable moments and as with all good ensemble pieces the minor characters are nicely shaded and add to the proceedings.
Nothing original and J A C Redford's score can be a little intrusive at times but the location work and action sequences are handled with finesse and this is top notch entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loneliness and Tumbleweeds., 23 July 2010
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Conagher [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
This film is based on a novel by the prolific and popular western author Louis L'Amour, who died in 1988. You will see in the end credits that the film is dedicated to him. I believe the writer would have approved of this film as it is full of typical L'Amour flourishes. "Conagher" is a typical archetypal L'Amour hero. A rugged, self sufficient individualist who knows how to live in a harsh land. If pushed he is a man to steer clear of, but above all he is honest to the core. In one exchange a would be cattle rustler says to Conagher "Your a hard man Mr Conagher", to which his typically laconic reply is "It's a hard land". In the L'Amour world the hero has to be hard to survive, but it does not stop him remaining the good guy in the white hat.

In the film an attractive widow, played by the still devastatingly beautiful Katherine Ross, settles in a remote ranch which she turns into a stage outpost. But the location, beautiful as it is, breeds a deep loneliness. It is also fraught with danger in the shape of renegade indians and outlaws. But her life is brightened by the arrival on the scene of the veteran cowboy "Conagher", played by the the amply moustachioed Sam Elliott. Sparks begin to slowly ignite between the two, but Conagher is in the same mould as Charlton Heston's veteran cowboy "Will Penny", and settling down is not at the top of his wish list.

Sam Elliott certainly looks and sounds the part. He also clearly knows how to ride a horse which helps. An elderly rancher in the film asks hime if he has sand, and it is clear that he most certainly has. Katherine Ross is excellent as a typically independent L'Amour frontierswoman who can handle a winchester as proficiently as a dish cloth. She echoes the Geraldine Page character from the John Wayne film "Hondo", which also happens to be based on a L'Amour novel. In one scene when the indians arrive at the ranch she tells her adopted children "Don't show them your afraid". She then gives a perfect demostration of how to look very afraid. This unsurprisingly leads to a spot of bother and an injection of unintentional humour. Western buffs will be glad to see those veteran support actors Ken Curtis, of "The Searchers" fame, and the distinctive Dub Taylor throw in stalwart support.

The film does bear strong similarities with the already mentioned "Hondo", with whom Conagher is the twin of. It does however fall a little short of this bigger budget film. It is a slow burning, at times gentle, unpretentious western. The love story is not of the prairie fire variety and takes a bit of time to get going, which makes it all the more believable. The scenes where Ross ties notes to tumbleweeds are particularly poignant and strong. They show the loneliness that life on the frontier can bring. It was apt that Sam Elliott was to have such a strong association with tumbleweeds in the film, given his opening narration in the Coen brothers "The Big Lebowski". If you haven't seen it you will need to watch it to understand. The location filming in Colorado will appeal to those who love the sound of the wind in the grass. It is a pity about the weak folksy music which seems to be popular in modern westerns. Call me old fashioned, but give me a score by the likes of Max Steiner or Elmer Bernstein any day! The film being slow paced, is perhaps a little overlong at about 1 hour 50 minutes and drags a bit at the end, but overall it is a commendable effort that remains faithful to the ideals of Louis L'Amour. A good western and a fairly generous four stars. Well it is a western after all, so it gets an automatic extra star!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed pulp western, held up manfully by Elliot, 9 Mar 2009
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In this made-for-TV pulp western, Sam Elliot plays 'Conn' Conagher, a tough-as-saddle-leather middle aged cowboy, drifting from town to town in search of a gig as a cowhand. Real life wife Katherine Ross plays a tough frontier wife, recently widowed. It doesn't take a genius to figure out where the story's going, but a by-the-numbers 'cattle rustler' based subplot takes over, and inexplicably pushes the inevitable romance to the background.

A few reasonable moments abide - certainly Elliot is fantastic value as always. But the film is let down by a few pretty key aspects. The direction is at times fairly amateur; certainly there are some oddly framed shots, but more importantly with Westerns the landscape should be a character unto itself, and here the director never really gets a sense of place, despite the beautiful locations (it was filmed in Colorado). Some plot threads are sometimes difficult to follow, and some others disappear completely - for example the somewhat distastefully stereotypical 'injuns' hassling Ross near the beginning - suggesting many hands on the script. The characterization of Katherine Ross's character is wafer-thin... she seems to get over her husbands death rather quickly, and the romance with Conagher was missing a few scenes to really stick. On top of this, the denouement is utterly arbitrary.

If you're a fan of the genre you'll find a few good moments here, chiefly Elliots, but also notable is Gavan O'Herlihy, providing the usual excellent work. However, you're left with the nagging wish for a western that marries the flawless production values, skill, and deft touch of Open Range or Unforgiven, combined with Elliots towering presence. And this is not that film. Without Elliot this would be two stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You came asking for it, I didn't send no invites!, 27 Mar 2013
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Conagher is directed by Reynaldo Villalobos and adapted to teleplay by Jeffrey M. Meyer from the novel written by Louis L'Amour. It stars Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Barry Corbin, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, Dub Taylor and James Gammon. Music is by J.A.C. Redford and cinematography by James R. Bagdonas.

After her husband fails to return from a trip to purchase cattle, Mrs. Evie Teale (Ross) fights hard to raise her two children whilst also keeping the family homestead afloat. Conn Conagher (Elliott) is a honest and hardworking cowboy who also has his own life struggles to contend with. Both Evie and Conn find their lives intertwined by their struggles against the perils of the West...

You don't know what music is until you hear the wind in the cedars.

Beautiful and subtle in every respect, Conagher is a treat for the grown up Western fan. The story is literate off the page from the beginning, it's the sort of character study that often gets taken for granted due to its simplicity. Yet the emotional depth is mightily strong here, the lead characters not bogged down by clichés or badly constructed scenes. Both Evie and Conn are deftly etched people, both easy to get on side with, their strengths are many, their loneliness perfectly understandable and never once schmaltzy. It helps that it's the real life husband and wife team of Ross and Elliott in the roles, the chemistry set in stone, when they look into each other's eyes you see it's real. A fine couple they do make.

Even though Villalobos takes his time, rightly pacing it in steady and reflective beats, it's a film that doesn't lack for action. There's still gun play (Indian attack/rustler root outs) and a good round of knuckles (Elliott one of the best punch throwers in his acting era), the director, no doubt helped by the wily Elliott, proving more than adept at construction of the energetic scenes. Bagdonas and Villalobos provide some gorgeous photographic compositions that belie the TV movie budget, with the Colorado (Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway/Canon City) vistas an extra character; and the misty interiors that nicely capture the tonal mood of the narrative. Supporting the leads is a fine gathering of support character actors that come up trumps, while Redford's musical score is led by the guitar and lands softly in the ears.

This is 100% recommended to Elliott and Western fans who appreciate characters superbly written and performed. It may end up as you expect, but that's OK, because if it didn't then you may well have wanted to throw your TV out the window. Just like I would have done had it not ended the way it does! Conagher, a subtle and beautiful treat. 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conagher, 27 Mar 2009
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Mr. B. A. Rodwell "WESTERN FAN" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Another good story from one of the best western writers,and also very good acting from Sam Elliott & Katharine Ross
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conagher, 19 May 2010
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J. A. Cockayne "Jennifer" (New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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I always enjoy Sam Elliot. It is a great western, a great love story and fantastic scenery, what more could you want.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good western, 31 Mar 2010
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D. Campbell "democrat" (scotland) - See all my reviews
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This DVD seems to refect more the way things were in the old west. I m a fan of John Wayne etc but this was more of a 'drama' with little plot but focusing more on the characters. I will now work my way through the rest of the genre
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable film., 15 Oct 2013
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A very enjoyable film with a strong storyline and some beautiful cinematography. I find it an increasing phenomenon in modern films and TV dramas that the dialogue is indistinct and difficult to follow. We often switch on the subtitles for English speaking productions. I presume that the directors and sound engineers are striving for a more natural (muttered?) conversational tone. Think of the number of occasions when we have to ask for a repeat of something said in real life. Obviously it would not do for that to happen in a film. Ergo, the sound in films should therefore be clear and distinct. This film was typical in this respect and at times was let down by the poor sound quality. But with subtitles switched on, this was a very enjoyable film indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conagher DVD, 29 Sep 2013
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Initially very disappointing. The sound was very poor - don't know if it was just the mumbling by some of the actors. Film very dark in many scenes and difficult to see what was going on. We were constantly adjusting sound and picture throughout the film. We love Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross, so will re-watch to see if we can actually find out what this movie was all about. It was purchased because of the reviews, so we must have been missing something (??).
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