Three brothers against an army. Justice knows no boundaries.
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If I omit the very bad ending, I can really say that this movie isgreat. It was very interesting and REALISTIC plot, well developedcharacters with their lifelike and, I repeat, REALISTIC interactions,which is rarity in today's movies, that are overblown and just cannotmake you feel the story. I was impressed and, as the movie was goingon, more and more anxious to the point were my heart was beating likecrazy... BUT the ending was disappointing! This video game thatpresents two men killing "thousands" of enemies... that just wasn't thesame movie. Too bad. 10 for the most parts of the movie, 2 for theending. PS I read the historical background
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) I love westerns and medieval movies growing up and it was something I seen when I was younger and ran into it on Amazon and ended up buying it since it was at a good price.
If you love the wide open space of horse & cattle country, you'll lovethismini-series!Spoiled rich cattle barrons in the 1800's want to drive out the poorsquatter/settlers who gather up & keep any stray calves they may find.Butthat's not the real reason they have to be driven out. It's just plaingreed& prejudice.Rachel Ward is always likable & here plays a harlot w/a newspaper-writinghusband.Tom Berenger is clearly the star of this series & is the eldest & mostrespected of the 3 Hammett brothers doing battle w/the barrons & tryingtokeep the peace. Luke Perry is certainly playing a different role here &deservedly so. I heard he didn't know how to ride a horse before hesignedon for this part. You'd never know it watching him do practically nothingBUT riding in this! (Goodbye, 90210!)The ending is too long for my taste & is very disappointing. I will notspoil it here by telling you who else is killed though.One romantic scene I must comment on: When Berenger is getting his haircutout on the porch by his widowed sister-in-law. Ladies, you will totallymelt...
DO THE WORDS 'HOSS APPLES' MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS ONE. MISCASTING AT ITS WORST. LACKLUSTER SCRIPT, AND POORLY PLAYED PARTS. IM SURPRISED TOM BERENGER WHO, IS AN EXCEPTIONAL ACTOR WASTED HIS TIME ON THIS ONE. THE SCENES WITH HIM ARE TOLERABLE BUT THEY CANT MAKE UP FOR AN OTHERWISE UNREALISTIC HALF STAB AT A WESTERN.IT IS A SHAME TO TAKE AN HISTORIC EVENT AND MAR IT LIKE A BAD PAINT JOB.THIS ONE PLAYS SLOW BUT NOT TRUE. THE PROFANITY IS OVERLY EXCESSIVE AND IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MOST OF THESE PREPPIE ACTORS HAVE NEVER SAT A STEED OR FIRED A GUN FOR REAL.THERE IS LITTLE BELIEVABLE ABOUT THIS ATTEMPT AND I CANT IN GOOD FAITH RECOMMEND IT.WHAT A DISSAPOINTMENT.
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) I found this film to be in the same class as Lonesome Dove - it was totally enthralling and I was sorrywhen it finished.
This epic western brings back the harsh reality of life in the 1800's. A really well made and acted movie of the wild west and the men who lived in these times. Be prepared to settle down for some time, as this movie is a little longer than your average. However, while this was a little longer it still ended too quickly.
I enjoyed the movie for its entertainment value. But a movie titled TheJohnson County War should endeavor to tell the story of its namesake.Especially since it is not a well known event and viewers are likely toaccept the movie as historically accurate.The basics are intact. The cattle barons declared war on the smallranchers over the issue of open range. The small ranchers wereliberally declared rustlers in order to justify prosecuting them withextreme prejudice. A small army of mercenaries was hired to do thedirty work. Those familiar with the history of the Johnson County Warknow that a rancher named Nate Champion stood off the mercenary army inhis cabin for a considerable length of time.The movie takes that event and fictionalizes it with Tom Berenger'sCain Hammett making that stand instead of Nate Champion. The details ofthat fight are fairly accurate. But Berenger's character is fictitious,with subplots about brothers and spouses. It is not Nate Champion byanother name. So it makes little sense to me to make a movie about ahistorical event and pretend that it happened to someone different.Kind of like Custer's Last Stand with some fictitious guy named ClydeSmith as the leader of the Cavalry instead of Custer.The movie makes for a good western. But Nate Champion's story isentertaining in itself. Christopher Walken portrayed him in Heaven'sGate, which is also about the Johnson County War. But in that movie,director Michael Cimino took the names of Jim Averill and Ella Watson,two small ranchers hanged early in the dispute, and assigned them tothe Marshall portrayed by Kris Kristofferson and the prostituteportrayed by Isabelle Huppert.The Johnson County War is a little known and interesting part ofAmerican history. Too bad that movie makers play so fast and loose withthe facts.
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) It's hard to find a great Western but I really enjoy watching this genre so I ordered this based on other people's reviews. I guess the made for TV movies are a different breed - I find them too drawn out. I liked Loneome Dove a lot better than this one.
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) but why be so lousy and do not add at least english subtitles? would have worthed full five stars, but without subtitles the viewer is left at the mercy of the actors, not always so clear in their speaking!
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) Any Western with Tom Berenger in it is Great ! Very Good Story. I would recommend this to Anyone !
Larry McMurtry should be lynched for writing this non-event. On and on it goes, interminably. It could have been 90 minutes long, and actually been worth watching. But because the network had to have as many commercial breaks as possible, they crammed a 90 minute story into 180 minutes. What a disappointment!
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) This movie (althought the names have been changed) is based on real people and real events of the last days of the Wild West. In general, the storyline runs pretty close to actual historical events... Tom Berringer has to be one of the best "cowboy" actors around, and proves himself again in this one. All of the lead actors do a great job, and the story never drags... the suspense builds and you know something big is coming... when the final showdown happens, it's not your typical shoot'em-up, and the hero is left standing scenerio. He has his work cut out for him, and it's all very realistic and believable, with no outrageous special effects, or people being blown backwards and upside down from a pistol shot.You'll want to watch this movie over and over... each time you do, you'll realize new things about the old west, and you'll find yourself tinkering on which side of the law you'd be on if you were in Wyoming in those days. It's a very thought provoking, and political movie, and it captures the mindset of those times real well. Great scenery, great action, great plot, great historical accuracy, great cast, just an all-around great movie. I expect this one will be TV for years to come, but I'd recommend this one to anyone who enjoys westerns, American history, political evolution, or action-adventure.PS. It's not just a guy movie either, there's plenty of heart-aches, tears, betrayal, domestic violence, female bravery, love triangles, and romance mixed into these 3-hours as well... anyone who enjoys soap opera's will have their hands full with the various romantic sub-plots.
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) This epic western brings back the harsh reality of life in the 1800's. A really well made and acted movie of the wild west and the men who lived in these times. Be prepared to settle down for some time, as this movie is a little longer than your average. However, while this was a little longer it still ended too quickly.
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) You won't be disappointed...This is a true story that took place in Johnson County, Wyoming. As with all of Tom Berenger movies...It is authentic and very entertaining!
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) This movie leaves me cold. Too Hollywood. Story line is good but the acting is very poor
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) I was disappointed with this movie. I loved Tom Berenger in Last of the Dogmen, which although a bit soapy was fun to watch. This movie, because of the script, dress and acting left me cringing. At the same time I also watched Toshiro Mifume in several samurai movies. The old black and white movies enveloped me because of the acting and authenticity of the experience. Johnson County War seems to have been made by people that do not really understand the classic western. This could have been much better than it actually is.Johnson County War
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) It's decent but not outstanding. There is not a lot of action until the end if you are looking for that. There is a persistent love triangle that continues through the film which could have been left out. It doesn't include any type of constant skimishing to indicate the ongoing struggle but rather just culminates in the final shootout. Also ,the final shootout has the representiave small time rancher holed up instead of the other way around as history actually went. That's forgiveable I guess. The film essentially takes a small number of people(namely three brothers and some friends) and tries to be a microcasm of the overall struggle between the greedy cattle barons and the small time rancher. The greedy barons are portrayed pretty well but the english one in particular is just a little over the top. So if you're a die hard western fan you'll probably like it, ...
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) If you are a Tom Berenger fan, this is a great movie. It is a story of the famous cattle/land wars of the west. The movie is a lesson in history with a solid story line, great action, and believable characters. I would recommend this movie for anyone who loves cowboy flicks. Berenger once again demonstrates his talent; Luke Perry does a great job; and Burt Reynolds plays a great villan. I won't say anymore; you'll just have to see it for yourself.
This is a GREAT movie!! - The previous comment does not do it justice.In the steps of "Conagher," "One Man's Hero" (also Berenger), and "TheJack Bull," this movie speaks volumes about integrity, personalaccountability & human worth. The ending is AWESOME. Could you do it?Is anything worth that much of you? If it matters, - if anythingupright, ethical holds any position of importance to your psyche, youwill understand when you see this motivating, way-overlooked treasure. Tom Berenger is GORGEOUS! He plays a very strong character worthy ofpraise & remembrance!Luke Perry's role far outplays '90210' and compares favorably to "8Seconds." The plot is easy to follow and enticing. The filming is magnificent,intelligent and complimenting of the plot & actors' accomplishmentshere.A GREAT MOVIE!!
This review is from: Johnson County War (DVD) This is a very uneven movie, especially from an acting standpoint. Tom Berenger and Luke Perry have moments in which they seem to be asleep while acting, but then are just fine at other points. Burt Reynolds is woefully miscast. Adam Storke and Michelle Forbes are fine throughout, though. As for the story, it is a mishmash of just about every Western cliche you can think of, none of which pay off very well, as the movie comes to a flat conclusion. Still, there are occasional flashes of inspiration, so if you're a die-hard fan of either Westerns or writer Larry McMurtry (who adapted the screenplay), then this might be worth a look.