The Ballad of Lefty Brown

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

DVD - 2018
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When famed frontier lawman and Montana's first elected senator Eddie Johnson is brutally murdered, his longtime sidekick and friend, Lefty Brown, will stop at nothing to avenge his death, in an ode to the traditional revenge western set in the vast, desolate plains of Montana.

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I got this movie because of Jim Caviezel. It is an hour and 45 minutes I will never get back.

The plot adequate, and the performances well good. It was the language in this movie that ruined it, even by Caviezel.

Skip this one.

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moonbk
Oct 20, 2018

I've always been a fan of westerns so it's nice to see that they are making a bit of a comeback. Bill Pullman plays his role well and I found the movie to be both interesting and enjoyable. Worth a watch.

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2018

A 60 something illiterate pacifist who was a loyal second fiddle to his murdered partner and best friend, must find resolve to set things right. An unusual depressing coming of age drama that ideology differences turned once best friends against each other during the construction of the Intercontinental railway.

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bjs928
Jun 13, 2018

Bill Pullman does an excellent job, and the story is interesting. However, if you are looking for an action packed Western, this is not your film. There are 2 action scenes, with most of the movie unfolding in a slow drama. Worth seeing, if you know what to expect and like drama.

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GinaFin
Jun 12, 2018

Love Westerns and LOVE Jim Caviezel so wanted to see this.
Great scenery.
Great acting.
Screenplay was boring and slow.

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COURIER3
May 31, 2018

Not worth the time to watch. Boring. I checked this out to see Kathy Baker.

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richmole
May 03, 2018

Young writer/director Jared Moshe's been making movies (documentaries and a few features, including two westerns) for about seven years now. Still has some lessons to learn and anyone who watches this "oater" (as they used to call these things) gets to go to school with him.

It's not a bad movie, just an unsatisfying one, which comes from not knowing just what kind of story Moshe wanted to tell. So we get a few bits and pieces of plots and themes mashed together here. A few scenes work really well...the film as a whole? Not so much. That the film succeeds modestly is due to two things:

1. Lovely Montana vistas, nicely put through the camera.
2. Veteran film performers (Bill Pullman, whose film credits go back to the mid-1980s--Including "punk leader" in the original, classic "Terminator"); Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker and Peter Fonda--In a performance as brief as the one he gave in the remake of 3:10 To Yuma.)

You could do worse, but you could do much better, with a couple of new entries in the same genre. See father and son Sutherlands in Foresaken or, better still, the Danish western Salvation. Three and three.5 stars for those ones, respectively...2.5 for this one.

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samjenks
Apr 27, 2018

Pullman did a exception job acting in this role. Was shocked at how short Peter Fonda's role was.

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Dreamstime
Apr 22, 2018

Great scenery and decent acting. Poor screenplay drags it down.

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graybear2
Apr 18, 2018

Not your usual western - More of a character study. We think this one is watchable but just missed the mark. And we don't really know why.

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2018

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The frontier environment is at first too strong for the man. He must accept the conditions which it furnishes or perish. Frederick Jackson Turner.
...Red Bluff, Montana 1889...
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You leave Lefty in charge of our ranch, the place won't be here when we return.
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Now, Lefty'll run this ranch just fine. You know he's ridden with me 40 years now, and...
-so has your horse.
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A more loyal man than Lefty Brown hasn't walked this earth.
-Loyal isn't the same as capable. We need someone like Tom Harrah.
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Well, I reckon you're gonna stand tall, or you ain't. I'll wager on the first.
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I'm gonna get that son of a bitch, or I'm gonna die trying. My word, it ain't worth much... But on this, it is.
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You're sure?
-Lefty's sure.

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2018

I can shoot.
-Well, ain't that something?
I can.
-There's a difference between shooting and drawing.
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The man's my hero.
-Yeah? What kind of hero turns his back on his friends when they need him most?
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Lefty...
-don't you Lefty me. You're forgetting you got that badge on your chest. If Edward was here, he'd say it means something.
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Eddie was my friend. I tried to make him understand that this isn't the land it once was. Come on, tom. We're civilized now. Businesses thrive... Families travel in safety... And Indians no longer rape our wives.
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Hell, I can't believe how low you think of me.
-You're not gonna tell me why.
Why? How 'bout you tell me? You're the one saying I done something I ain't.

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jimg2000
Jun 15, 2018

That there piece of paper...
-You're saying that …that's worth more than the word of a man who's known you over half your life?
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It was... it was nothing like I said it was, and that's me. That's Lefty Brown... The man who never got anything right in over 60-odd years.
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He said I didn't need the bottle. He said we were strong. But he was wrong, of course. But he believed... Which is much more than most folks, so here's to you, Eddie.
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Edward Johnson was a man of action. He was also a man of the land... And a great land, it is. Railroads crisscrossing plains and mountain... Connecting Atlantic to pacific. Cattle from Montana feeding Irishmen in New York. Iron, steel, oil... This great land of ours provides. All it asks for in return is order.
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Just careful now. They ain't killers. They's just fools.
-Yeah, they're killers when they fxcking shoot us!

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Violence: Contains brief strong violence.

Coarse Language: Contains language and strong profanity throughout.

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TheUltimateReviewer thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 99

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