The Iron Orchard

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THE IRON ORCHARD is the story of Jim McNeely (Lane Garrison), a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939. In a state gushing with oil and filled with ambition, McNeely settles into a small-town community that is slowly overcoming the trauma of the Great Depression. The formidable path before him is riddled with obstacles -- overbearing bosses who try to keep him down, powerful oilmen who are reluctant to invest in a fresh face, and women who see salvation in his charms -- but he finds a glimmer of hope with his first loves: new wife Lee Montgomery (Ali Cobrin) and drilling for oil. With everything falling into place to ascend to the top of the oil chain, McNeely stumbles upwards through his success and in turn jeopardizes his desperate longing to conquer this brave new world of influence and wealth. What will define his legacy in building the rich oil tradition of West Texas?

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Critic Reviews for The Iron Orchard

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

  • Though there are some well-framed shots from cinematographer Mathieu Plainfossé, the script from Gerry De Leon and director Ty Roberts is lifeless, covered in a layer of dust that the cast can't rouse it from.

    Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Seemingly nostalgic for a period when West Texas roughnecks settled scores with baseball bats and laid pipe with pickaxes, this lovingly made homage to avarice feels strangely limp. Instead of gushing, it trickles.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lane Garrison propels the film with his vibrant performance.

    Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

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  • As competently put together as this movie is, it imparted to me no sense of a higher calling, and thus left me unmoved.

    Feb 22, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The musical score is overcooked, the cast underpowered, and the dialogue something of a mishmash...

    Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A toe-tapping score and well-paced narrative drive round out the film's many competencies

    Aug 1, 2019 | Rating: 70/100 | Full Review…

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