Staring: Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershy, Kurtwood Smith, Steven Reevis,
Andrew Miller, Gregory Scott Cummins, Mark Boone Junior
Notes: This little melodrama is formula all the way. Complete with
a stereotypical lost male bounty hunter Lewis Gates played by Tom
Berenger, Self determined and equally lost female anthropologist Lillian
Sloan played by Barbara Hershy and overly dramatic and misguided antagonist
Sheriff Deegan (Gate's father-in-law) played by Kurtwood Smith. The
narrative takes along a troubled storey line where a group of nomadic
pure blood Cheyenne Indian tribe. The usual tension of "getting
to know you and not get killed" takes place. With an over the
top yet obvious reason to send Gates back to civilization to steal
some medicine that is badly needed. Oddly they survived for close
to a hundred years up till now without it.
In the intermixture of love, lust and a few well timed jokes about
aspirin, we are told the Cheyenne had killed off three very cruel,
heartless and evil escaped prisoners. The reaction is perhaps expected;
Great news. Who needed such psychopaths anyway. Later as Gates and
Sloan are allowed to wonder freely around the Cheyenne encampment;
they come across an assortment of items collected from anyone the
Dogmen (reference to the special fighters in charge of protecting
the tribe) had come across and killed. These items are the only reference
to the nameles victims of the tribes intent to stay hidden from the
world. The casual comment is made "Wouldn't you kill to keep
your secret and your people safe".
The Bible tells us that there will come a time when people will find
any excuse to justify what was once deemed wrong. Evil will be dressed
up to look not so bad if you just accept it. But that is not how it
really is. A crime is still a crime and a sin is still a sin. No matter
how you dress it up.
For light yet empty entertainment, much like reading an old fashioned
Mills and Boon Novel, this might be what your looking for. Just don't
bother looking for intellectual depth.
M J Flack