This cleverly engineered Western offers new perspective on old heroic horizons. Set in the 1920s, when the West was still pretty wild, this fact-based telefilm marks the juncture between frontier anarchy and the new age of gangsterism.
By 1924, retired Oklahoma lawman Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott) consolidated his position as role model by producing an independent movie depicting his famous arrests, including outlaws Cattle Annie and Little Britches. Meanwhile, in Seminole County, crooked prohibition agent Wiley (Arliss Howard) protects his bootlegging cohorts by murdering both a deputy inspector and an old revenuer who witnesses the killing. The good citizens of near...