The Desperate Trail (1994)





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In this western, which combines Old West authenticity with a modern outlook and neo-feminist perspective, Sarah O'Rourke (Linda Fiorentino) is a tough-minded woman who made the mistake of marrying a violent, abusive man. Sarah decides that she can take no more and kills her husband. It's Sarah's poor fortune that her late spouse's father is Marshall Bill Speakes (Sam Elliott), a bitter, no-nonsense lawman who will see to it that Sarah pays for her crime with her life. Sarah is being transported by stagecoach to another town; riding with Sarah and Speakes is Jack Cooper (Craig Sheffer), who is carrying $2,500 with him. En route, bandits attempt to hold up the stage; in the confusion, Sarah escapes with the money. Jack gives chase to get the money back, and while he catches up with her, they soon find they're both being pursued by Speakes, who is not about to let the niceties of the law prevent him from taking his revenge. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Western
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Linda Fiorentino
as Sarah O'Rourke
Sam Elliott
as Marshall Bill Speakes
Craig Sheffer
as Jack Cooper
Frank Whaley
as Walter Cooper
John Furlong
as Zeb Hollister
Boots Southerland
as Scar Face Leader
Bradley Whitford
as Tommy Donnelly
R.L. Tolbert
as Lean Poker Player
P.J. Pesce
as Scared Mustachioed Cowboy
Peter Gregory
as Dry Goods Clerk
George Cook
as Swedish Farmer
Jerry Gardner
as Sheriff Whitaker
Sam Gauny
as Wells Fargo Clerk
Jeff O'Haco
as Frenchy
Cecile Krevoy
as Con Women in Saloon
Gretchen Becker
as Con Women in Saloon
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The shadows of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah loom large over this modest but well-executed Western, which boasts a strong performance from Linda Fiorentino.

June 20, 2006

Don't even think about expecting anything new or noteworthy out of The Desperate Trail -- but it's still kinda fun in a "this is stupid but I'm enjoying it anyway" way.

Full Review… | May 25, 2005

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