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Terrific contemporary western set in the border town Frontera, Texas. Sheriff Sam Deeds (Cooper) is still dealing with the legacy of his father, legendary lawman Buddy Deeds (McConaughey) who, 40 years before, wrestled control of the town from his racist, corrupt predecessor Charlie Wade (Kristofferson) and supposedly sent him packing. But when skeletal remains and a sheriff's badge turn up on an abandoned Army rifle range, guess whose bones they turn out to be. Buddy's friends would like Sam to just leave the past lie but he can't, and learns some hard home truths. This is only one of the town's stories that Sayles gracefully tells and, as always, his ensemble cast all offer outstanding performances.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 137 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Westerns, Family Ties, Rogue Cops, Small-Town Sheriffs, Hispanic America, Dads, Flashback, At the Drive-In, Director/Star Teams: Sayles & Cooper
Screenplay
John Sayles
Cast
Gabriel Casseus, Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Morton, Ron Canada, Clifton James, Miriam Colon, Frances McDormand, Richard Jones
Cinematography
Stuart Dryburgh
Director
John Sayles
Music
Mason Daring
Producer
Maggie Renzi, John Sloss, Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

Awards

Ind. Spirit 1997: Support. Actress (Pena).

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