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7.27 /10
Rip Torn , Conchata Ferrell , Barry Primus
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Directed by: Richard Pearce
Written by: Beth Ferris from Elinor Randall Stewart's books and papers

Released: 1979
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 96


Around 1910 in Wyoming, a poor woman (Conchata Ferrall) becomes housekeeper to a laconic Scottish rancher (Rip Torn).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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An authentic-looking, elemental, de-mythologizing western, based on the real life of a settler named Elinore Randall Stewart, and splendidly shot by cameraman Fred Murphy, with Montana standing in for Wyoming. Director Richard Pearce treats it all in documentary style, and is well served by two convincing performances from the leads. The big problem is that the narrative is dour and predictable; and while you end up respecting the characters, it's hard really to like them.

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