Following the critically and commercially massacred American Outlaws, Texas Rangers also tried to spin American history with a hippish, young cast, in this case Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek, Ashton Kutcher, and Usher Raymond -- as the first recruits of what would become the famous Texas Rangers.
Director Steve Miner (Lake Placid) directs the Old West with considerable oldness and westerliness, but the film ultimately plays out as a series of chopped-together gun battles between the outlaws (led by Alfred Molina in a stereotypical role) and the nascent Rangers, with our hip young stars attempting to cut themselves as credible actors in a "serious" movie.
Otherwise, not a lot of surprises in the story, the acting, or the way this movie is put together. Which might explain why Miramax gave up on it well before it ever came out.
Run time: 90 mins
In Theaters: Friday 30th November 2001
Box Office USA: $0.5M
Distributed by: Dimension Films
Production compaines: Dimension Films
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 2%
Fresh: 1 Rotten: 48
IMDB: 5.2 / 10
Director: Steve Miner
Starring: James Van Der Beek as Lincoln Rogers Dunnison, Rachael Leigh Cook as Caroline Dukes, Ashton Kutcher as George Durham, Dylan McDermott as Leander McNelly, Usher Raymond as Randolph Douglas Scipio, Tom Skerritt as Richard Dukes, Randy Travis as Frank Bones, Leonor Varela as Perdita, Brian Martell as Jean-Pierre Marsele, Alfred Molina as John King Fisher, Billy Morton as Abajo, Kate Newby as Henrietta Dukes, Robert Patrick as Sgt. John Armstrong, Gordon Michaels as Mariachi Guard, Joe Renteria as General Cortinas, Eric Johnson as Rollins