I know what the people in this town think of me. They think that I'm a thief and a liar because I broke into a home and ate their food.
But I'm not, God damn it. I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot they call 'Cooncat' (John Drew Barrymore), who gets tricked by two strangers into killing someone that stole some money from me.
Yeah. Straight up! That's what I tell to the law-man residing in this burg, Pat Farrell (John Archer), a moment or two before taking him to the scene of my crime, only to discover that nothings is there! Not the dead body. Not the money. And not the two strangers either.
Hey! Don't you go fretting yourself, partners! Pat doesn't think I'm off my rocker. He and his kin are too kind for any of that business. Instead, his girlfriend, Meagan Davis, (Lois Butler), cleans me up and gets me something to wear. Their stable-hand, Boatwhistle (Chill Wills), tells me about the history behind this lo-cal. And Meagan's younger sister, Abby (Kristine Miller), dances with me at a barn-dance they host a couple of days later.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes to pot when the two stranger saunter into view and I'm accused of another murder. As divisions are made - Boatwhistle is dismayed - the good guys get played - and at the end of the day I can't help but get a little frayed.
In my most humble opinion 'High Lonesome' is one of those films that really does put on one hell of a great show. Part's of it was very wholesome in fact, and conveyed a message of community spirit and frontier kinship. Whilst other part's of it was rather trigger-happy in tone, insinuating that might can sometimes be right.
Ouch! Did I just say that out loud? Yeah. I did. Didn't I? But then again I do mean this with all due respect. Because if like me, you can look past the rather static camerawork and the made for TV productions values, you'd find that this western is a very good western because it has it all.
For instance, it has: (1) A scene where someone gets dragged along the ground by a horse. (2) The John Ford family type dynamic conveying unity and division. (3) A story-line that is both enveloping and stayed in flavor. (4) Two very pretty and gutsy frontier women in very tight jeans. (4) The young pup that's misunderstood plus a bit of plonka. (5) The bold and brash farm hand you love to see a lot more of. (6) The villain that is both vile and sinister at the same time. (7) A lot of gun play and a bit of singing. And (8) The heroes that's got to do what a heroes got to do.
Overall I would have to define 'High Lonesome' as being a pretty nifty yet not so classy film. The story told a fairly decent story. The characters had a lot of character to them. And all in all it's one of those westerns that'll make you want to eat a home-made apple-pie after you've watched it.
Minus the blood of course.
THE RATING: B