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2000s, Action, WESTERN

Texas Rangers (2001)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story A book by George Durham (as told to Clyde Wantland) “Taming the Nueces Strip” based on his own experiences. (1962).
Writer/s Script Scott Busby, Martin Copeland
Writer/s Story This work seems to have gone through a number of iterations before actually being made. There are disgruntled script writers.
Director Steve Miner
Starring James Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ashton Kutcher, Dylan McDermott, Tom Skerritt, Leonor Varela, Alfred Molina, Robert Patrick
Elevator Pitch The area north of the Mexican border is bandit country and when a young man comes from the east by stage he is just in time to see his family murdered by a gang of cattle rustlers. He joins the newly formed Texas Rangers, and they go after the gang.
Content A number of large scale shoot outs with a bit of “getting the band together” and boot camp stuff. Some pictures of maps, usually including the Rio Grande.
A View It is a shame that what is actually some American history is so poorly portrayed, seemingly relying on the confusing set pieces to keep it going. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 2%. Despite the fact that the Rangers wore white arm bands you still could not tell who was winning. If you want to watch a western probably choose something else.

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