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2006-03-30 12:18

In this tragic tale about the end of the cowboys, Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall), Charley Waite (Kevin Costner), Mose Harrison (Abraham Benrubi) and "Button" (Diego Luna) "free-graze" their cattle across the vast prairies of the American West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization.

When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt Sheriff (James Russo) and kingpin rancher (Michael Gambon) who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards a showdown as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing.

Amidst this turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm-spirited Sue Barlow (Annette Bening), a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul.

As these courageous men prepare for the decisive battle that looms, they are also forced to confront and conquer their own internal demons.

What the critics are saying:

" imperfect but deeply involving and beautifully made Western...."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It also helps that Costner doesn't allow the hurt inflicted against his oppressed free grazers to approach the wearisome political correctness of his Dances With Wolves."
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant

"Costner doesn't seek to reinvent the classic Westerns as much as simply honor them. On those modest terms, he succeeds."
- Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kevin Costner directs and stars in this traditional Western tale of a way of life that is quickly disappearing.

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