Crossfire Trail Movie Review

Quigley Down Under comes up and over for this old west extravaganza, with Tom Selleck hamming it up the best he can in a tale adapted from a book by Louis L'Amour.

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.


Crossfire Trail Rating

" Grim "

Rating: NR, 2000


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