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Crossfire Trail

Category: 29
All Genres: Western
Release Year: 2001
Country: USA
Runtime: 92
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: Simon Wincer
Sound: Dolby SR

  • A hero is measured by the enemies he makes.

  • Writing by: Louis L'Amour – (book)
    Charles Robert Carner – (teleplay)

    Produced by: Michael Brandman – executive producer
    Steven J. Brandman – producer (as Steven Brandman)
    Thomas John Kane – producer (as Thomas Kane)
    Tom Selleck – executive producer
    Simon Wincer – co-executive producer

    Cast: Tom Selleck – Rafe Covington
    Virginia Madsen – Anne Rodney
    Wilford Brimley – Joe Gill
    David O'Hara – Rock Mullaney
    Christian Kane – J.T. Langston
    Barry Corbin – Sheriff Walter Moncrief
    Joanna Miles – Melissa Thompson
    Ken Pogue – Gene Thompson
    Patrick Kilpatrick – Mike Taggart
    Rex Linn – Luke Taggart
    William Sanderson – Dewey (the bartender)

    Music: Eric Colvin
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    Plot Outline: Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone…
    Plot: Rafe Covington promises a dying friend that he'll watch over the man's wife and ranch after he's gone. When Rafe gets to his friend's ranch, he finds that Barkow, the local power in town, wants not only the ranch but the woman, too, and hires a gang of gunfighters to make sure he gets both.

    Movie Quotes: Beau Dorn: You shot me.
    Rafe Covington: Just when things were going so good for you.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Beginning movie title card: And the angel said unto me, wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.  - The Holy Bible, Book of Revelations, 17(7)

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Continuity: Ollie sets his tool chest down outside Mary's store. Then he picks it up and opens the door to enter. The next shot – from inside – shows him entering without the chest. The chest is not seen again.

    Trivia: There are 5 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The film is based upon the events of the infamous Steinmetz Cheating Scandal that took place at the Illinois Academic Decathlon State Championship in 1995, in which the real-life Dr. Gerald Plecki and his seven students did lose to Whitney Young High School at the Regional Decathlon Championship but mysteriously won the State Championship. Later the students were accused of cheating by the State Decathlon Committee, the Department of Education, and Whitney Young (which lost to Steinmetz at the competition). It was eventually discovered that the students did cheat, although several of the students to this day maintain that they did not.
    • The real-life Dr. Gerald Plecki was paid a consulting fee during the film's production.
    • During filming, director John Stockwell and his production crew discovered that they were prohibited from entering the real-life Steinmetz High School just to film on location in the building. Therefore, even though they were unwelcomed and uninvited on the campus grounds, they managed to film the outside front of the building. Most of the filming took place inside a Toronto high school, which was used in place of the real school.

    1 Comment

    1. Very valid, pithy, succnict, and on point. WD.

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