Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Matthew Marsh, Kerry Washington, Peter Stormare
Genre: Drama, Western
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 117 minutes
A genteel Northerner during the Civil War (Barry Brown) is robbed by scalawag Jeff Bridges--and winds up teaming up with him. Together, they become a criminal duo (although with one member more reluctant than the other) in this entertaining, realistic tale of what the West was really like. Bridges has a gangly, easy-going demeanor, as well as a sense of playfulness that even extends to moments of extreme jeopardy. He makes an interesting team with the stiff, proper Brown, creating comedy seemingly out of thin air. Film directing debut of Robert Benton, who had cowritten Bonnie and Clyde, and who would go on to win an Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer. --Marshall Fine
Boys, it was hell on wheels. The worst idea in the world to go west.
Oh, come on now.
No, I ain't lying to you, son. We tried farming the first year and a twister wiped us out. Next year it was the cattlemen, then just pure-D rotten soil. There ain't nobody got no money excepting a few. And even if you do have, there ain't a thing worth having. It rains so much it will give you the chilblains. A dry spell comes along and you choke to death on dust. That is if a bushwhacker don't come along and take your last damn dollar. No, I mean it boys, turn around and go back!