The Outsider (2002)

The Outsider (2002)





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The made-for-cable Western The Outsider would seem to have its roots in the classic John Wayne theatrical feature Angel and the Badman. In the Montana of the late 19th century, wounded outlaw Johnny Gault (Tim Daly) is given refuge by widowed sheep farmer Rebecca Yoder (Naomi Watts). This puts Rebecca on the outs with her own people, a pacifist Quaker sect, and also incurs the wrath of a ruthless cattle baron, who has long coveted the Quakers' land--and who also was responsible for the death of Rebecca's husband. Not surprisingly, Johnny Gault turns out to be the traditional "good bad man", capable of solving everyone's problems--except, perhaps, his own. The Outsider first aired over the Showtime cable network on November 10, 2002.
R (contains violence, adult situations, and strong language)
Drama , Television , Western
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Naomi Watts
as Rebecca Yoder
Tim Daly
as Johnny Gault
David Carradine
as Dr. Lucas Henry
Keith Carradine
as Noah Weaver
Aaron Cash
as Samuel Miller
Jason Clarke
as Ray Childress
Brett Tucker
as Ben Yoder
Simon Watts
as Abram Miller
Eamon Farren
as Levi Miller
Kim Knuckey
as Sheriff Getts
Todd Leigh
as Mose
Grant Piro
as Woodrow Wharton
John Noble
as Fergus Hunter
Mick Roughan
as Jarvis Kennedy
Peter McCauley
as Isaiah Miller
Kathryn Smith
as Fannie Weaver
Stuart Maybury
as Ezra Fischer
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Critic Reviews for The Outsider

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | December 2, 2002

It is the casting of Naomi Watts as Rebecca Yoder that makes the film a singular affair.

Full Review… | November 11, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Outsider

Being overlong and highly predictable didn't diminish my enjoyment of this Showtime Western. Naomi Watts gives a tremendous performance as a widow in a Mennonite-like community where outsiders are looked harshly upon. She takes in a gunslinger who has nearly died and allows him to stay until he is well (and beyond). I didn't feel much chemistry between Watts and Daly, but the performances overrode that. Worth seeking out.

Don Schick
Don Schick

Naomi Watts did a great job and the chemistry was good between her and Tim Daly. Overall it probably could have been a little better but still enjoyable to watch.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

I almost didn't want to watch this due to the "western" genre classification. This movie definitely has many bits of that, but I personally would consider it more a romantic drama. ....I have kept my eye on Tim Daly ever since Wings. He is very good, and I swear to god he is getting better, and better looking. That aside..this move was well done, and enjoyable. Great acting all around. Good story, too.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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