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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2012
Watched with hope to pass the time as a Saturday afternoon type made for TV movie. Didn't even satisfy my low expectations.

Kevin Costner TV version is much better, skip this one and go for the real McCoy (no pun intended!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This story goes from the beginning of the feud up until the pregnancy of Rosanna. It portrays the heads of both families, Devil Anse Hatfield (Jeff Fahey) and Ran'l McCoy (Perry King) as being honorable men. Christian Slater, who played the governor of Kentucky, wasn't as strong as the rest of the cast. The romance between Rosanna McCoy (Kassandra Clementi) and Johnse Hatfield (Sean Flynn) was poorly developed as we go from some flirting in the general store to a note to a full fledged romance. I will say that Kassandra Clementi in her role as Rosanna brought to mind Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone." This is perhaps the only bright spot of the film.

The fire on the roof was a CG effect. Doesn't anyone burn their sets anymore? The shooting of Asa McCoy by crazy Jim, was in part because he wore a Union uniform, but was also because Asa was college educated and had all kinds of different ideas. Yes, Jim Vance did shoot him, but nothing like it was shown.

This film fails as history. I won't go into details as to prevent plot spoilers, but it was inaccurate from beginning to end. If you want to feel like you are watching a western, this film will pass. It is loosely based on the historical tale.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
Awful. 'Hatfields & McCoys' rivals only 'Alexander' and 'Gods & Generals' for title of worst film I've ever seen. The acting is atrocious and every aspect of the various storylines poorly developed. The film ends with Christian Slater, as governor of Kentucky, telling his man to "do whatever it takes" to end the dispute, at which point the end credits begin and the conclusion to the story is summarised in a few parting words. Strangely, Slater's last scene prior to that involved him telling the same man the exact same thing (with neither he nor his man appearing again in the story at any point in the meantime). The role of the general and his departure is also so vague as to render the character entirely unncessary. As for the characters ... all of them are portrayed in such a way that their demise at the hands of the rival family really can't come soon enough. 'Hatfields & McCoys' is 80 minutes that would be better spent doing just about anything else. It's certainly served to ruin my appetite for the Costner/Berenger mini-series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2012
In England Danny dyer seems to make a film a week ,sadly the us version is Christian slatter who i can only think wanted the money from this very poor TV dribble .
I have watched very bad local amateur productions better than this ,do not watch wait for the cosnor one to be shown .
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