TV Movie | Not Rated | | Adventure, Western
An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.
Upton county, where this story takes place, is approximately 100 miles due west of San Angelo. The actual Upton city, which is east of Austin, is an unincorporated community - little more than a crossroads out in the country. What is referred to as Upton city was an unofficial name. In 1911 it was given the name of Rankin, after local rancher Finis E. Rankin, who was born in 1856 and therefore about the same age as Tommy Lee Jones' character. Rankin was referred to as a rancher but he was also in charge of the bank. In reality, Rankin received his 640 acre grant in 1911 but with a bit of imagination and for all practical purposes, the rancher / banker played by Wilford Brimley is the same fellow as Rankin.
You're a cripple with two good legs!
The fingerpicking style of banjo playing in the soundtrack did not exist until Earl Scruggs invented it in the 1940s. Up until then, people used the "claw hammer" style in which the upper strings would be struck with the thumb and the other strings strummed with the fingers.