Redemption: For Robbing The Dead (2012)





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For Robbing the Dead is a story of compassion - compassion toward those who may seem the least deserving of Christian love. It follows the story of Henry Heath, a law officer in 1862 Salt Lake City. Heath finds himself responsible for the well-being of a prisoner whom he despises - an impoverished French immigrant named Jean Baptiste who is convicted of robbing the graves of the recently deceased. Baptiste is exiled to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. With no one willing to look after this man, Henry Heath becomes Baptiste's sole defense against the hostile isolation of Antelope Island and the contempt of an entire community. Through his somewhat reluctant service, Heath's heart softens and his own sorrows find relief.
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John Freeman
as Henry Heath
Barry Corbin
as Judge Smith
Margot Kidder
as Marlys Baptiste
Edward Herrmann
as Governor Dawson
Jon Gries
as Tom Sutter
Larry Thomas
as Josiah
Rance Howard
as Doctor
David H. Stevens
as Jean Baptiste
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121130: Though it took over 24 hours for me to develop an opinion, I think I enjoyed this film. It's all about compassion and forgiveness. There's not a lot of action so don't be looking for that. The one gunfight which does occur, however, is a classic. It's a true portrayal of how I believe many cap and ball gunfights would've gone down in the 1800s. The community hired hitman, Tom Sutter, attempts to ambush Sheriff Heath. Sutter misses his first two shots and then takes cover at the same time as Heath. Heath returns fire shooting Sutter's hat off. Sutter yells "I say you missed" believing Heath's first shot was a fluke. Sutter puts his hat on the end of his revolver and pushes it out beyond cover. Heath shoots off the hat a second time. Sutter breaks cover, points his sidearm and receives a misfire. Heath's gun then also misfires. Frustrated Sutter charges Heath experiencing an accidental discharge. Heath gets a shot off which burns long and presumably misses. Not being able to obtain another shot, Sutter curses his gun calling it a "piece of garbage." Heath uses the opportunity to charge Sutter. Rather than attempting any more shots with his problematic sidearm, Sutter throws his gun at Heath and begins to run away. Heath manages to catch Sutter, pushing him down and ending the fight Wyatt Earp style. Now that's cap and ball pistols for you. Realism coupled with comedic relief. Until looking further into the actors on this film, I would have never recognized Margot Kidder portraying Marlys Baptiste. My old hometown girl, guess time is catching up to all of us. Great sound and good acting.

John Redshaw
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