Monday, 4 October 2010
THE SACKETTS - TV MOVIE
The TV movie split across two parts clocks it at just over three hours and is based largely on two Sackett novels - The Daybreakers and Sackett and was first broadcast in 1979 and it's a pretty good movie but it is littered with silly mistakes - for instance the film is set in 1869 and yet most of the men use Winchesters which were not produced until the 1870's. The model used in the movie held seven cartridges and yet there's a scene where Tom Selleck as Orin Sackett fires fourteen shots before needing to reload. And there is a glaring cock up in the climatic shoot out when between them the three Sackett boys kill eight men and yet they were only fighting seven. Where did the extra man come from?
However despite all this The Sacketts is still an enjoyable movie - the cast are excellent and there are many western veterans included - Glenn Ford, Jack Elam, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens. The story is also compelling and paced well so that the three hours pass by quite easily. However that said, I've read L'amour's entire Sackett saga and feel that the series deserved a far better movie than this, or at the very least a continuity director who knew their job.
Well worth watching then but if the makers didn't seem to take it too seriously then maybe the viewer shouldn't either.