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: A Gungighter's Pledge (TV 2008)  ( 1454 )
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« : May 18, 2017, 01:25:22 AM »

I have just seen this under it's working title 'The Pledge.' It is a TV movie premiered on the Hallmark channel in 2008. I congratulate Hallmark as they do seem to have been encouraging the making of old-type westerns which Hollywood and mainstream cinema have long abandoned. I have seen other westerns that started out on their channel that have done this.

The story itself is taken from the old westerns. A man who goes on a revenge chase after his family have been killed by an outlaw. The avenging sheriff (Luke Perry) then accidentally kills an innocent man. It leaves him in a predicament when he takes the body back home as he feels obliged to get involved with the dead man's family through guilt.

There's a good performance from C. Thomas Howell as a land baron who is persuading the dead man's sister to leave her land. The acting is fairly good all round. Lots of characters get involved in the story. So although there is nothing new about the plot, I would say that it is done well.

A little bit off-putting is some of the dialogue. One character says that "we have logistics issues." I've no doubt the old west did have problems like that but I can't really hear them talking like that somehow. But I'm glad to say that there is not too much of this off-kilter dialogue in the movie.

I hope that Hallmark, and perhaps other TV concerns, will continue to encourage the making of old-type westerns. I'm going to recommend this one. 7/10


« #1 : May 18, 2017, 07:52:03 AM »

Cheers GB, new one to me.   O0

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