Cast: William Sadler, Daniel Baldwin, Angus MacFadyen, Courtney Gains, Rance Howard, Justin Ament
Director: Dean Alioto
James Conners comes home to the town of Legend, New Mexico in 1865 to avenge his fathers death against the ruthless Will Tunney. Along the way he re-captures his long lost love Mary Cooper. With the chance to take Will Tunney he must choose revenge or redemption.
Westerns are a rare breed anymore so getting a chance to see a new one is never a bad thing. The story is about James Conners, as a boy his father who was a Preacher was shot and killed by a ruthless man and James left his little town only to return years later with revenge on his mind. But now Will Tunney owns most of the town and is looking to make the woman James loves his bride as well. A classic tale of good versus evil that can only be told by a good old fashion western. The film looks great with settings and scenery that put you right there in the middle of all the action. The cast is also excellent, Justin Ament plays James and he did a terrific job playing a man hell bent on revenge yet still haunted by his fathers words of forgiveness. He had a tough character to play as there is a lot of emotion built up inside this man and Justin I thought did a terrific job. Also who better to play the bad guy besides Angus Macfadyen, this man always plays a great villain and he does not disappoint here. The supporting cast were all very good as well each playing their roles out in a believable way. You might say that is all fine but what about the movie? What good is a western without a good shoot-out, well there is plenty of action here as well as drama. The action scenes are very well done and they leave you wanting more. The film was shot on a limited budget but you cannot tell by watching it, there is great production value here and you can tell this was made with a lot of tender loving care and devotion to making a western people will enjoy. I am not going to go into details on how the film ends but I can say it was well done and fits the story perfectly. As you watch the film and get to know the man, James Conners, you know in the end it was fitting for him. I really enjoyed watching this film and recommend it to any fan of the classic westerns from the past as well as anyone that just likes to watch a good action film as it does have plenty of that was well. Shadowheart is a epic tale of revenge that draws you in and never lets up till the final climax. The DVD comes with Special Features that include:
Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Dean Alioto
Behind The Scenes of Shadowheart
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****