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Tension and distrust rise to the surface when a man (Barlow Jacobs) who was presumed killed in the Civil War returns to New Mexico and opposes his sister's (Clare Bowen) plan to sell the family homestead to a mining company.

Cast & Crew

Barlow Jacobs
Wade McCurry
Clare Bowen
Martha Kirkland
David Call
Heck Kirkland
Richard Riehle
Three Penny Hank
Jerry Clarke
Sheriff Deacon
Adam O'Byrne
Archie Ainsworth
Travis Hammer
Ben Ainsworth
Luce Rains
Joe McCurry
Jared Moshe
Screenwriter
Jennifer Chikes
Executive Producer
Ruth Mutch
Executive Producer
Nick Quested
Executive Producer
Robert Hauer
Cinematographer
Ruth De Jong
Production Design
Courtney Hoffman
Costume Designer
Jeff Israel
Film Editor
H. Scott Salinas
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Critic Reviews for Dead Man's Burden

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (5)

  • It's a strong debut for Moshe, who, with the exception of some of the oater dialogue, shows both a reverence for and a knowledge of the genre that's intriguing.

    May 23, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ponderous but lovely, simple but elegant, it should appeal to fans of Westerns.

    May 3, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Small in scale but with a grand visual ambition, "Dead Man's Burden" draws nourishment from its burned-out desert setting and ambling pace.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Despite visual nods to dozens of classic Westerns, the film cannot break through with its own vision.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The story is modest to the point of occasionally seeming slight, and the ending is a tad too cute in the way it circles back to the beginning, but even those flaws just make it feel more authentic. See it now, before it gets rediscovered.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It's always a pleasure to encounter genre ambition contained in such a sinewy-shot, emotionally resonant, and gorgeously photographed package.

    May 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Man's Burden

  • Nov 05, 2014
    In "Dead Man's Burden," Wade McCurry(Barlow Jacobs) has survived the Civil War only to find that he is not entirely done with violence just yet. And then once he gets to his family homestead in Texas, he has to prove to his younger sister Martha(Clare Bowen) and her husband Heck(David Call) that he is who he says he is and that his death was greatly exaggerated. That's only to discover that he is too late to attend his father's funeral. "Dead Man's Burden" is a great looking western that has some deep thoughts on the nature of frontier justice. But as far as any kind of story or characterization goes, the movie is sadly paper thin, with acting on the amateurish level of historical reconstructions.
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