Set in the Hill Country of Texas during the late 1880s, the Texas Rangers find themselves up against one of their own. Shane Stocksteal turns from Ranger to outlaw by committing murder and fraud to reach his dream of political power. In the process Captain John MacIntyre is killed and his daughter, Kayla, runs for her life to find help. Before she can reach safety she is kidnapped and beaten by Stocksteal's men. But just before she is taken she sends her horse running free in the hope that someone will find the letter for help in her saddlebags. Jake Landers, a farmer with aspirations of being something more, is working in his field when he sees a lone horse grazing in the tall grass. He investigates, and when he finds the letter he is moved to help Kayla due to his strong conviction to always do what's right. This takes Jake from farmer to lawman and puts him face-to-face with both danger and his dreams of following in his father's footsteps.
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Added: 15 December 2009
Overall I was very disappointed in this movie.
My movie-watching on DVD is a pretty simple exercise. I watch what mypublic library buys. On one searching session I came across this title,"Palo Pinto Gold." That it is set in the Texas Hill Country (just westof San Antonio) and featuring two old favorite country singers, RoyClark and Mel Tillis, caught my attention. So, I settled in and watchedit.
The first thing I noticed is that this is not a production that wouldrival any Hollywood western. The actors are not likely anyone you wouldhave heard of (I know I hadn't, except for Clark and Tillis) and whatyou get are performances you might see in a small town communitytheater.
The plot is listed right here on IMDb, a lawman in the 1800s turns bad,kills his friend and mentor, and the dead man's son hunts him down whenhe grows up. Nothing here that hasn't been done before.
The movie is actually told as a flashback of sorts, when a writer showsup in town looking for someone who might be able to tell him how thegunfight really went off years ago. Roy Clark and Mel Tillis are thetwo old townsmen who tell the story to the writer. Clark and Tillis arethe best things about this movie.
I will contrast it with a small movie made some years ago by RobertRodriguez, called "El Mariachi." That is a fine movie made on a verysmall budget. Much better than this one.
I would not go so far as to say this movie has no entertainment value,but from this viewer's perspective it has nothing really new here, andthe acting and production values fall far short of what I expect whenpopping in a DVD. I am not happy that I spent the time to view it.