In this ardent adult Western based on an Elmore Leonard novel, the Civil War is winding down while the enmity between the blue and the grey continues to burn white hot. Ronald M. Cohen captures the bitter tone of Leonard’s pared-down prose and the strong cast .
Confederate war hero Paul Cable (Tom Selleck) returns to his father-in-law’s Texas home to find that his wife, Martha (Suzy Amis), was told he was dead and that their daughter failed to survive infancy. Cable wants to put the war behind him and shrinks from the praise heaped on him by Rebel sympathizers like Edward Janroe (David Dukes), a storekeeper with a sideline in gun-running. With Martha and the...