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The Ballad of Lefty Brown

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Mar. 10, 2017 USA105 Min.
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8.5 1,386 votes

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Director

Jared Moshe
Director

Cast

Bill Pullman isLefty Brown
Lefty Brown
Kathy Baker isLaura Johnson
Laura Johnson
Jim Caviezel isJimmy Bierce
Jimmy Bierce
Tommy Flanagan isTom Harrah
Tom Harrah
Peter Fonda isEdward Johnson
Edward Johnson
Diego Josef isJeremiah
Jeremiah

Synopsis

Aging sidekick Lefty Brown has ridden with Eddie Johnson his entire life. But when a rustler kills Eddie, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow and must confront the ugly realities of frontier justice.

Original titleThe Ballad of Lefty Brown
IMDb Rating9.2 45 votes
TMDb Rating1 1 votes

(2) comments

  • christopherbgill-74371March 14, 2017Reply

    Art imitates life as Bill Pullman plays Lefty Brown

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • einnoc10April 20, 2017Reply

    The Ballad of Lefty Brown gives us Bill Pullman in the tale of a 63-year-old cowboy seeking justice for his assassinated boss.

    Bill Pullman has been acting for 30 years and co-owns a cattle ranch in
    Montana with his brother near Whitehall, Montana. The opportunity to
    star as Lefty Brown, the lead in the western ”The Ballad of Lefty
    Brown,” set in Montana , was a rare confluence of star and role
    intersecting. Lefty Brown is a cowhand who sets out to avenge his good
    friend’s death just before Peter Fonda (in that role) is to set out to
    become a Senator in Washington, D.C.

    Pullman called Jared Moshe’s second directorial effort ”a perfect
    storm” of coincidence and told interviewers that he lived (part-time)
    only twenty minutes away from the countryside where filming took place.
    The wide-screen vistas of Montana country are beautiful, indeed,
    especially when captured on Kodak film. The use of film was much
    remarked upon by the participants in the film, and the great
    cinematography by David McFarland reminds of old westerns. Director
    Moshe said, after the showing of the film, ”You need real film in
    westerns to get the feel, the grain.” The sound was also wonderful.

    Lefty Brown is a throwback to the days of sidekicks like Gabby Hayes or
    Walter Brennan in classic westerns from Howard Hawks and John Ford.
    Lefty is a 63-year-old illiterate ranch hand who has ridden beside
    Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) for 40 years. As one line spoken by Lefty
    put it: ”I’m the man who never got anything right in over 60 odd
    years.”

    But now Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) and his wife Laura (Kathy Baker)
    are on their way to Washington, where Eddie is to be the new Senator
    from the state of Montana. Eddie (Fonda) has confidence in Lefty’s
    ability to keep the home spread running.

    Mrs. Johnson, Laura, has her doubts about whether Lefty is up to the
    task. She shares those doubts with her husband just before the two men
    ride off to find out who has rustled three horses from their fields. It
    is not long after this that Eddie, (just as he is announcing his
    confidence in him to longtime friend Lefty and bestowing his treasured
    rifle on the old cowboy), is shot dead by a sniper.

    Lefty vows to get revenge for the killing of his boss and friend, but
    ”the bad guy” is going to be the fly in that ointment. Tension does not
    ratchet up as it should in the third act. Jim Caviezel plays the
    Governor, who is central to the plot’s denouement.

    It’s too bad the script isn’t fast-paced enough at that point to hold
    the attention of today’s audience(s).

    I sat next to three publicists at SXSW, all young girls.
    Ultimately,they got up and left mid-movie. The three seats were then
    filled by three others in search of entry to the sold- out showing.
    They also got up and left before the film’s finale..

    The last occupant of the seat nearest me, noticing my notepad, said,
    ”What did you think?”

    My response? ”Kind of slow-moving. But pretty.”

    The movie did not capture the attention of 6 people sitting next to me
    at the premiere. I hung in there till the end, to hear the actors Q&A
    afterwards. (One exclaimed, ”We’re shooting film!” as though he had
    just discovered gold).

    Another said, ”I loved it. For me, it was an amazing experience being
    out in the middle of Montana.”

    Pullman, himself, said, ”I kind of felt they might take it (the role)
    away from me, but then I realized I didn’t want anyone else riding that
    horse.”

    James Caviezel, most recently on the television series ”Person of
    Interest,” but also memorable in ”The Passion of the Christ” and
    ”Frequency,” shared with the audience that this is the third film he
    has made with Bill Pullman, the other two being ”The Thin Red Line,”
    where he portrayed Pvt. Witt, and ”Wyatt Earp.” Caviezel praised
    Pullman’s hard-working skill as an actor, saying, ”This man is special.
    Seamless. No seams in it. He had everything in his portrayal of Lefty—
    mannerisms and everything. We were shooting the climactic scene in the
    office late one night and I was running on empty, but Bill was right on
    the money. I was running on fumes. Afterwards, I went outside and threw
    up.”

    I did not go outside and throw up but I was sorry that I didn’t like
    The Ballad of Lefty Brown more, because I like the actors in it and the
    cinematography and sound were great. It was just slow. To quote a line
    from the script, ”Sorry don’t get it done.”

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