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Monday, 11 April 2011

THE LONG KILL

This TV movie is something of a curio in that it stars a goup of country music singers, three of which were involved in the outlaw movement - though listing Waylon Jennings as one of the stars is stretching things somewhat, since his part amounts to little more than a cameo. It is Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson who carry the film, with some help from Travis Tritt.

The plot sees Waylon Jennings character gunned down in the opening moments, and his son Bryce teaming up with two of his old companions, Nelson and Kristofferson, to ride down his killers. Along the way they meet up with Sheriff Dalton (Tritt) who also throws in with them providing they stay on the right side of the law. The sheriff, we learn, once rode with the hellraisers.

It's nothing special and it does drag in the middle section, but I suppose it'll pass a quiet afternoon. The main problem is that some of the acting seems wooden - Kristofferson is fine but both Nelson and Tritt are rough around the edges. The landscapes though are brilliantly photographed and there are times when this looks almost like a classic western.

The movie's original title was, Outlaw Justice reflecting the fact that there of its actors were  involved in the country music subgenre - for more info on the outlaw movement click the link above.

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