Who'd have thought it? Steven Frears triumphs where Sam Peckinpah failed -- Peckinpah devoted years to Max Evans' elegiac novel of the post-WWII West, but Frears actually got it to the screen. The English director stirred screenwriter Walon Green
(THE WILD BUNCH) and actor James Gammon -- one of Peckinpah's casting picks -- into the trail mix, and the result is an oddly old-fashioned Western under the veneer of motorcars and war heroes. Set in Hi-Lo, NM, the sprawling story boils down to the ever-combustible two dudes and the gal who comes
between them. Best friends Pete Calder (Billy Crudup) and Big Boy Matson (Woody Harrelson) come back from the front determined ...