Monte Walsh, This is a made for TV movie? Hmmm, maybe I should try watching more TV.
This isn’t a “western,” this is a work of art. Every element, every line, every character falls into place perfectly, like a work of nature, rather than a mere movie script. I guess one reason is that the pacing, the rhythm is just right.
The emotions generated are uncontrived and sincere. The characters have remarkable depth. You really care whether they live or die.
And like a true tragedy, you even care when a bad guy dies, having a sense that it is a waste of a life that could, and should have turned out differently.
Perhaps what is so remarkable about this movie is that, like High Noon, it does not exactly have a happy ending. It is a sad but extraordinarily beautiful movie.
If you haven’t seen it, you may even want to buy a copy. I have seen it several times, and I have found it just as beautiful and moving each time. It is worth watching just for the extraordinary cinematography alone.