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on 8 October 2013
What a a complete and utter load of rubbish.Poor acting.Poor script. rubbish story.The lead actor( Eric Braeden) couldn't act to save his life.For some reason he thinks he is Clint Eastwood.The "write up"claimed it is based on the true story of the Thibadaux massacre-it is not.The central story is fiction and the Thibadaux massarce only accounts for a couple of minutes of the film.
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Enthusiasm for westerns is something shared by persons as diverse as Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Oh, and me as well! I can't imagine that they would be too impressed with this one. Stalin's reaction would no doubt have been to send the director Glen Petrie to the Gulags in Siberia, if he could have laid his hands on him, to prevent him from making more horrors like this. My experience through watching modern westerns should have warned me, but I just can't help self immolating myself in them. I think I need help!

The film is based on the Thibodaux massacre in Louisiana in 1887. The story concerns a white overseer, played by Eric Braeden, who demands justice for ex slave workers. These people are mercilessly exploited by white plantation owners who pay them in worthless notes, putting them into debt with the plantations. Under such circumstances they rebel against this draconian system and strike, with the inevitable violent repercussions. After a number of atrocities and a kangaroo court, Braeden ends up in a brutal prison, but it will not be giving too much away to say that he comes back. Good will to all men is not at the forefront of his thinking.

The story line is not a bad one, and the film is certainly better than that other recent dire western "Defiance", which plumbed the depths of ineptitude. It is also marginally better than the pretty awful "Age of the Gunslinger", but not a lot. Lead actor Eric Braeden strives manfully, but how should I put it politely, is a little past his sell by date. It was simply amazing that a man of his age was able to endure such hardship, let alone come back. No wonder he had a permanently world weary look. Braeden has a highly embarrassing love scene with an attractive prostitute, which would have been better omitted, together with everything else. Billy Zane plays a lesser role as a corrupt Yankee lawyer. He worked with Braeden on "Titanic", and was obviously keen to jump on board another sinking ship with him. Respected actor George Kennedy, who must be well into his eighties now, turns up as a corrupt judge. He is not required to get out of his seat often! The worst is saved to last as the film heads to a sickly and contrived ending, that like "Age of the Gunslinger", shamelessly plagiarises a famous Ridley Scott film. I suggest you don't bother watching to find out! Two stars, because it is a western
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This is a bold attempt by an independent production to get to the level of a big studio film. It has its moments but is let down in a number of areas. I found the lead and Armand Assante far too prone to mumbling which required the film to be listened to at ear-melting sound levels. Eric Braeden has the body weight and build to hit and hit hard but I think the role needed someone a little younger. There seemed to be a bit of line fluffing, and (most oddly) although the slave plantation was in the woods down by the swamp, the town appeared to be in the desert. This and the rather black and white moralising (literally) with villains so horrid even Simon Legree would jeer at them meant the film lacked much suspense.
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on 26 March 2015
Give This A Very Wide Berth, what a LOAD of HOKEM POKEM. poor acting is an understatement, if it wasn,t so bad it would be laughable.
how this character lived as long ????????

minus five stars and that is kind.
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on 18 January 2014
This film is harrowing and somewhat disturbing, i would have given it a 18 certificate rather than a 15, but only because of the issues its dealing with...based on a true story about a man who was wrongly arrested and then persecuted for a crime he never committed. Lots of guns in it, and yes...a very bloody ending, but all is put right, in the end. I won't spoil it for you, but yes, well worth watching if you are able to take 2hours of injustice filled with action.
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on 20 July 2011
Albeit that this isn't an expensive DVD perhaps I should have paid more attention to the reviews. The film looks and feels like a TV soap as a result of excessive use of the big close up, long-end-of-the-lens shots, and the lack of artful tracking and craning; though most of the acting is fair enough. The "hard" (contrasty) look makes me think it was shot on tape not on celluloid, which is why it looks like a TV soap rather than a big screen production.
Sadly and regretfully, I found it difficult to be convinced by the hero who, I think, was badly miscast - a fine actor in the wrong role. The aged revenge-seeker part sits much more comfortably on a wiry, wizened Clint Eastwood type who demonstrably battles his infirmity as well as the bad guys. Though having said that John Wayne very successfully threw his chunky characters into derring-do. Somehow it doesn't work here. Perhaps it is because, surprisingly, the hero's age is never admitted (except for one early, intimate, throwaway moment with his wife) in the context of the high octane action. He is clearly not a young man and we would expect this to be an issue. Some (any) focus on that would have made the story more gripping and added depth to the character.
The random, gratuitously over-long and unnecessary to the plot sex scene (very un-John Wayne) doesn't help. Maybe in the film-watching mainstream we're just not ready for nymphette on grandad action. But this is just a detail not the major criticism. Though you do feel that the director really enjoyed lingering over this while nodding much else through.
Potentially this is an excellent storyline but the casting, production quality and direction don't do it justice. A great shame. It's cheap enough - see what you think.
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on 23 June 2010
Billy Zane's traveled down the Straight-to-Video route which is a shame as he is one of the few redeeming things in this movie. He scene steals shamelessly and brilliantly. We should be thankful for him as this movie is a bit of a stinker and a little dull.

It could be great, the premis is excellent, but as someone else has said it's too "clean" and very flat in its direction.

A waste.
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on 11 May 2010
I enjoyed this unusual western & extremely pleased with the excellent service. Based on a true story of the "Thibodaux Massacre" of 1887 a gripping story of a man taking revenge against a cruel system after his family is brutally murdered. Well worth a look.
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on 19 August 2016
A sordid tale of rape and violence with a real slave revolt as the background, which was glossed over and not very historically accurate. The way the hero came back is not very believable either. Threw my copy in the trash can.
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on 25 September 2014
THE MAN WHO CAME BACK ,WELL I WISH HE HADNT. THIS IS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH THE WORST ACTING I HAVE EVER SEEN The guy who plays the lead role is absolutely the worst actor ever. The extras played a more convincing role .

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