R | | Action, Drama, Western
In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
The original editor's cut of the film was over 3 hours and 15 minutes. The original script had a B storyline with a young couple played by Landon Liboiron and Siobhan Williams. Their relationship paralleled that of John Henry Clayton and his lost love Mary Alice Watson. Liboiron played a young gunslinger who ran with the bad guys and glorified the life of a gunslinger, when the protagonist was doing the opposite. The producers decided to just reduce the film to all the scenes that involved the father-son relationship and started adding back all the other scenes that supported that relationship, and left everything else on the floor. An opening action scene that showed John Henry and the gunfight that changed his life was also cut: the only shots that remained are the three haunting images that open the film.
Your mother is dead.
John Henry Clayton: I did not know that she had passed.
Rev. Clayton: How could you?
John Henry Clayton: If I had known that she had been sick, I'd...
Rev. Clayton: You would've done what? You would've come home if you knew she was dying? But you couldn't come home when she was living, when she was ...
At 09:39 when John Henry and his Father are riding the wagon into town, John Henry's horse, which was tied behind the wagon, was not in the scene. But, the next scene, the horse is there again. This was a huge continuity mistake.
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