Christopher Cain directs Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips in this teen western where a group of wayward young men seek revenge on the cattle baron who kills their father figure.
“We regulate any stealing off his property – we’re damn good too! Mr. Tunstall’s got a soft spot for runaways, dareless, vagrant types. But you can’t be any geek off the street, gotta be handy with the steel, if you know what I mean, earn your keep.” Quite a punchy little Western bolstered by Dean Semler’s beautiful cinematography. The action has bite and the script has eloquence. Estevez is on fine form as Billy The Kid, while Dermot Mulroney and Casey Siemaszko often steal focus from the bigger names. There are a few indulgent sequences that weaken the stew, stretching the pacing out, but even if you aren’t nostalgic for The Brat Pack era there’s more than enough within to entertain.
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