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Hard Ground (2003)

Hard Ground (2003)

Hard Ground





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Unjustly arrested and sentenced to a 99-year-term, grizzled half-breed bounty hunter John McKay (Burt Reynolds) is serving hard time in Yuma Territorial Prison when he is swept up in a prison break engineered by sadistic vigilante leader Billy Bucklin (David Figlioli). Once on the outside, Bucklin and his brigands cut a swath of terror and murder throughout the Arizona Territory, then head to Mexico, there to link up with a despotic revolutionary leader. Given an opportunity to redeem himself by helping track down and capture Bucklin, McKay reluctant teams with ageing Sheriff Nate Hutchinson (Bruce Dern) -- the very man who sent McKay up in the first place. Among McKay and Hutchinson's tiny posses are feisty Liz Kennedy (Amy Jo Johnson), who after her family is murdered by Bucklin has a personal score to settle (if she can ever get accustomed to riding a horse or wielding a rifle, that is), and Hutchinson's deputy Joshua (Seth Peterson), McKay's own son. The made-for-cable Western Hard Ground premiered July 12, 2003, on the Hallmark Channel.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Television
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On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
RHI Entertainment


Burt Reynolds
as John McKay
Bruce Dern
as Nate Hutchinson
Amy Jo Johnson
as Liz Kennedy
Seth Peterson
as Joshua McKay
David Figlioli
as Billy Bucklin
Sergio Calderón
as Gen. Navarro
Larry Hankin
as Toothless
Bill Henderson
as Junior Gunn
Frank Sharp
as Tall Man
David Atkinson
as Deputy Dunlap
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Sit light in your saddle and don't bruise your brain

John "Chill" McKay and Billy Bucklin are convicted criminals on their way to Yuma Federal Prison. John was wrongfully accused while Billy is a ruthless outlaw. Friends of Billy's breaks him out of jail, and in doing so, also release John. John is fine with never seeing Billy again until he discovers that his son is one of the individuals responsible for bringing him in. It looks like John will need to find his son and help him bring Billy to justice despite being an outlaw himself.

"There ain't no women within 20 miles from here and there ain't no pretty women in twice that distance."

Frank Q. Dobbs, director of Enter the Devil, Hotwire, and Up Hill All of the Way, delivers Hard Ground. The storyline for this picture is interesting and well presented. The story wasn't particularly unique but it was worth following. The script was fairly clever and well delivered and the cast delivers better than average performances. The cast includes Burt Reynolds, Bruce Dern, Martin Kove, Seth Peterson, and Amy Jo Johnson.

"It's a white woman. You can't sell a white woman."

Hard Ground was a film I came across while flicking through the channels last night. I thought it would be fun to see Burt Reynolds in a western and was not disappointed with this movie. The villain was excellent and presented well and the action scenes were better than anticipated. Overall, this won't be the best western you have ever seen but it is definitely worth your time.

"I ain't got no use for drunks. Undependable."

Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins

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