Dunno if it's a very good book, but it's not a very good movie. While Selleck's acting muscle is always a special treat solo, contending with co-stars Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, and Mark Harmon(!), all in period costume and/or moustaches makes for a very rare juxtaposition of atrocious acting from the school of Schmaltz.
In a story largely borrowed from The Princess Bride, Harmon's evil sheriff attempts to get local damsel Madsen to marry him, so he can run off with her land. Only her recently deceased husband has extracted a promise from Mr. Selleck to "take care of his wife and his ranch," thus throwing a monkey wrench into the works. Face-slapping and shootouts occur to rather obvious effect.
Some westerns are destined to be classics. Some were meant to be TNT originals....
Git along, little dogies.
Run time: 92 mins
In Theaters: Sunday 21st January 2001
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
IMDB: 6.9 / 10
Director: Simon Wincer
Screenwriter: Charles Robert Carner
Starring: Tom Selleck as Rafe Covington, Virginia Madsen as Anne Rodney, David O'Hara as Rock Mullaney, Christian Kane as J.T. Langston, Ken Pogue as Gene Thompson, Patrick Kilpatrick as Mike Taggart, William Sanderson as Dewey, Daniel Parker as Taggart Gang, Marshall R. Teague as Snake Corville, Brad Johnson as Beau Dorn, Mark Harmon as Bruce Barkow, Wilford Brimley as Joe Gill, Barry Corbin as Sheriff Walter Moncrief, Rex Linn as Luke Taggart, Joanna Miles as Melissa Thompson