Mediocre western lifted by the settings
- Comes a Horseman review by TE
For fans of the Western film genre there's enough to enjoy here to merit a 3-star rating: a very good cast (Richard Farnsworth effortlessly eclipsing Fonda, Caan and Robards); a classic little folks versus the cattle baron storyline; and, best of all, some stunning landscapes.
However, Pakula just doesn't seem able to get the whole thing off the ground. The narrative has no pace, and the key character of the cattle baron isn't developed sufficiently to make his actions credible.
The editing is patchy and it has the feel of a would-be epic movie spoilt by leaving too much on the cutting-room floor.
One oddity is the orange Afro sported by James Caan (the one on his chest as well as the one on his head).
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