DEAD MAN’S REVENGE (TV movie)
director: Alan J. Levi; screenwriter: Jim Byrnes/David Chisholm; cinematographer: John Beymer ; editor: Leon Carrere ; music: David Schwartz; cast: Bruce Dern (Payton McCay), Keith Coulouris (Tom/Marshal Bodine Michael), Vondie Curtis-Hall(Jessup Bush), Michael Ironside (Luck Hatcher), Daphne Ashbrook (Carrey Rose), Tobin Bell (Bullock), Melon Waters (Bunny), Randy Travis (Marshal), John M. Jackson (Beesely); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Ed Lahti/Sheldon Pinchuk; Universal; 1994)
“Confusing TV western shown on cable.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
TV director Alan J. Levi awkwardly helms this confusing TV western shown on cable. The weak script was written by Jim Byrnes and David Chisholm. In 1876, in the New Mexico Territory, newly arrived homesteader Luck Hatcher (Michael Ironside) is framed for stealing a horse and his ailing wife is killed because he refused to sell his property to the land-grabber railroad baron McKay (Bruce Dern).
Many years later Luck escapes from prison and with his cohort, Bush (Vondie Curtis-Hall), pretending to be a bounty hunter, fake the death of Luck. The plan is now for Luck to ensnare McKay in a confusing con game of siphoning off his gold, with the help of many citizens of New Mexico. Meanwhile Luck’s son Tom (Keith Coulouris), who was wounded in the raid as a child, survives and changes his name to Bodine.
Bent on getting revenge, he also goes after McKay working as a deputy marshal for a straight-talking marshal (Randy Travis). Learning his father still lives, Tom gets evidence to send McKay to jail and to get his father a pardon.
REVIEWED ON 7/20/2017 GRADE: C+