The Ballad of Lefty Brown (Theaters-2017; Streaming-2017) Rated: R Runtime: 111 minutes
els – 7.5/10
IMDb – 6.3/10
Amazon – 4.0/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics – 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience – 3.6/5
Metacritic Metascore – 63/100
Metacritic User Score – 7.5/10
Directed by: Jared Moshe
Written by: Jared Moshe
Music by: H. Scott Salinas
Cast: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Joe Anderson, Tommy Flanagan
Film Locations: Montana–cities of: Bannack, Virginia City, Nevada City and Harrison
Lefty Brown (Pullman), a hapless cowboy and life long partner and friend to his boss, the newly elected senator from Montana, Edward Johnson (Fonda), are riding the grassy hills, searching for horse thieves, when they are bushwhacked by a group of rascally devils in which Johnson is killed and Lefty is knocked silly but survives. As Lefty regains his senses, what little he ever had, he vows vengeance on the killers of his companion of 40 years. Thus begins the Lefty’s quest across the desolate and open lands of Montana, hunting for the killers of his one true friend; a hunt that tests his fortitude, his courage, and his loyalty, but it is the hunt for the truth that ultimately defines his essence as a man.
In 1955 Gunsmoke premiered on CBS television and ran for 20 years and 635 episodes, during which time it became quintessence of the western genre and likely, the most beloved. The core, twin pillars of the show included the just and honorable, but isolated, Marshall Dillon (James Arness) and his trusty but ornery sidekick: Fetus (Ken Curtis). The Ballad of Lefty Brown is the story of Fetus with Chester’s (Dennis Weaver) limp thrown in for good measure, out to avenge Matt’s death. Pullman plays Fetus aka Lefty to absolute perfection. It is one of the greatest pieces of acting that I have seen in years. I hope they reserve one of the best actor awards for him. His acting is worth the price of admission, but watch it also for the supporting acting, the fervent story and the grand panoramic cinematography.