The Ballad of Lefty Brownis a beautifully shot and acted Western that isn’t anchored in the predictable point of view of a gunslinger or law abiding sheriff. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) isn’t quick on on the draw and he’s far from an able bodied protagonist.
Instead, Lefty is driven by his heart and loyalty to his more responsible best friend Edward (Peter Fonda) who is gunned down in cold blood. Lefty’s mission of revenge leads him to a reunion with two former riding partners, one of whom is now Montana’s governor (Jim Caviezel). Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) is Lefty’s other old friend, a just as loyal buddy who now is the governor’s right hand man.
The feature has its share of action sequences as the elderly and understandably scared Lefty gets into his share of scrapes, and one of the many beauties behind this film is its loving homage to Gabby Hayes, cinema’s most popular Western sidekick. Click on the media bar below to hear how Pullman is connected to Gabby Hayes (spoiler alert: both of them were born in New York!):
The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe, opens December 15 and is currently available on DirecTV Cinema.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown features Bill Pullman in one of his strongest roles to date, proving that he has a natural facility for headlining Westerns (he also starred in Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp).
The picture centers on the titular character, a 65-year-old cowboy (Pullman) who attempts to find the killer of his lifelong friend and riding partner (Peter Fonda). Helping Lefty’s quest is a friend (Tommy Flanagan) from the old days and an overzealous youngster (Diego Josef) who dreams of becoming a great gunslinger.
Directed by Jared Moshe, the Western takes a different spin on the genre as Lefty is actually a bumbling and stumbling (yet likable) cowboy. This is one of the interesting touches of the movie, and in the media bar below Pullman also explains how the movie featured some of his family and friends:
Currently playing on Directv Cinema, The Ballad of Lefty Brown opens in theaters December 15.
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