Crossfire Trail , Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he’ll watch over the man’s wife and ranch after he’s gone. When Rafe gets to his friend’s ranch, he finds that Barkow, the local power in town, wants not only the ranch but the woman, too, and hires a gang of gunfighters to make sure he gets both.
The Western is Alive and Well
Crossfire Trail , I just caught the DVD version of “Crossfire Trail” and enjoyed it immensely. It is a western of the old school full of action, romance slimy villains and hard ridin’.
Tom Selleck stars as Rafe Covington who has made a promise to a dying friend to look after his ranch and his wife (Virginia Madsen) after he is gone. Along with his two pals (David O’Hara, Christian Kane), Covington sets up shop on said ranch. Joining the trio is crusty old Wilford Brimley (barely recognizable) as a former ranch hand. Unfortunately, villain Mark Harmon also has designs on the aforementioned ranch and widow. When Selleck proves to be a formidable opponent, Harmon brings in gunfighter Brad Johnson to settle things which of course, leads to the inevitable showdown.
The scenery, shot in western Canada, is beautiful and unspoiled. The town (looking suspiciously like the one in “Unforgiven”(1992) looks like a real dusty western town and the costumes and make-up have been created authenticly as well. The acting is good all round and the action scenes are as exciting and well staged as any I’ve seen.
Barry Corbin as the town’s drunken sheriff and William Sanderson as the bartender are excellent in featured roles.
“Crossfire Trail” is a western lovers delight. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.
Summarises all that is good in a Western.
As an enthusiastic ‘Western watcher’ for over sixty years, I think that this one stands comparison with some of the great ones. Good acting by a strong cast, attention to detail and authenticity and the superb photography (ably enhanced by the scenery !!) make this a ‘must-see ‘
Yes, the story isn’t exactly original, but so what ? Tom Selleck fits the scene like a character from a Remington painting and what superbly crafted gems of villainy are portrayed without resort to excessive brutality or foul language. This how they should be made.