Wetzel tells Sam that forensics identify the skeleton as that of Charlie Wade, the corrupt sheriff who preceded Buddy. Onthe surface, it's pure entertainment. In many ways the film forms a companion-piece to City of Hope —one northern and urban, the other southern and smalltown-rural, but both tracing lines of tension and interconnection between a wide spread of individuals, charting the social cross-currents and showing how these people impinge on each other, no matter how hard they try to keep themselves separate. An actors' director par excellence, he draws fine, naturalistic performances from his whole cast, besides giving Kris Kristofferson as the corrupt, chuckling Charlie Wade his first worthwhile role in years. Instead, I get a beautiful film that examines divisions, parental relationships, and the complexity of the individual. I expected your typical crime mystery film, but I did not get that.
Burke must fight state senator Thomas Craden, in the process winning the heart of Craden's newspaper-editor girlfriend Martha Ronda. Relic hunters discover a human skeleton on an old shooting range along with a Masonic ring, a Rio County sheriff's badge, and a bullet not used by the military. NowCharlie's skull, badge and Masonic ring have been discovered on an old Armyfiring range, and Buddy's son, Sam Deeds is the sheriff on thecase. Weunderstand that the dead man, Sheriff Charlie Wade, was a sadistic monster whostrutted through life, his gun on his hip, making up the law as he went along. Wade's evil spirit in the past is what haunts the whole film, and must beexorcised. Anotherscene involving a young black woman, an Army private, whose interview with hercommanding officer reveals a startling insight into why people enlist in theArmy. After the fall of the Alamo, he managed to keep together a small force and launched a furious surprise attack on the Mexican army of 1300 camped on the western bank of the San Jacinto River.
The film also marks the first uncredited screen appearance by then-13-year-old , playing beside Barrymore in the role of Jackson's servant. West, Dennis, and Joan M. A school board meeting, for example, at which parents argueabout textbooks and are really arguing about whose view of Texas history willprevail. It is If anything I found this one a little too complex; there were several threads that seemed totally unrelated to the main thrust of the story. Opposition to annexation is gaining favor because it is mistakenly believed that Texas pioneer opposes statehood.
Lone Star is an absolutely brilliant film that totally snuck up on me. Sayles fleshes out his script with subplots on racism, national pride, censorship, generation gaps, politics, social revisionism, and on and on. As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade. The central strand of a man gradually stripping the legend away from an admired father-figure carries echoes of Bertoluccils Spider's Stratagem to say nothing of Citizen Kane. Sam is particularly disapproving of efforts by business leader Mercedes Cruz and Buddy's former deputy, Mayor Hollis Pogue, to enlarge and rename the local courthouse in Buddy's honor; he considers it an unneeded waste of taxpayers' money. The senators inform Dev that Sam Houston is on the other side of the Pecos River, negotiating a peace treaty with the Apache.
KrisKristofferson is hard-edged and mean-eyed as Charlie Wade, and there is a scenewhere he shoots a man and then dares his deputy to say anything about it. The past, Sayles implies, isn't another country; it's still here and people like Sam are living in it, carrying it with them. Instead, I get a beautiful film that examines divisions, parental relationships, and the complexity of the individual. The spine of the film is Sherrif Sam Deed's investigation into a thirty-year-old murder, yet this story is quickly absorbed by many finely scripted subplots and an overall theme on the futility of trying to escape history. Most directors don't tackle this many topics in a career, yet Sayles juggles them all in one film without jamming them down the audiences' throats.
Ryan, Jack, John Sayles, Filmmaker: A Critical Study of the Independent Writer-Director , Jefferson, 1998. Sam shows Pilar an old photo of Buddy and Mercedes, revealing that Buddy is her father. Lone Star develops the theme that has underpinned all Sayles's work to date: the sense of character as a product of accumulated social and cultural influences, the way people are moulded by their backgrounds—but can surmount that conditioning if they try hard enough. This death reveals many things and leads to changes for the town residents who must solve the mysteries of the past to fix themselves. The dialoge is concise and insightful. They're not Hollywood-style surprises -- or yes, in a way, they are -- butthey're also truths that grow out of the characters; what we learn seems notonly natural, but instructive, and by the end of the film, we know somethingabout how people have lived together in this town, and what it has cost them. Sam brings in Texas Ranger Ben Wetzel to help with the case.
But Lone Star 's ambitions easily outweigh its defects; while breaking new ground in Sayles's ongoing exploration of the American myth, it retains his key qualities of intelligence, political acuteness, and narrative lucidity. Rip-roaring big star, big budget semi-historical story about cattle baron Devereaux Burke, who is enlisted by an aging Andrew Jackson to dissuade Sam Houston from establishing Texas as a republic. But never before has he done it in such aspellbinding way; like Faulkner, he creates a sure sense of the way the pasthaunts the present, and how old wounds and secrets are visited upon thesurvivors. Set in a town that until very recently wasrigidly segregated, it shows how Chicanos, blacks, whites and Indians shared acommon history, and how they knew one another and dealt with one another inways that were off the official map. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Hollis voices concern that, when the skeleton is revealed to be Wade, people will assume Buddy killed him to take his job, to which Sam states that Buddy's legend can handle it. He decides to not run for re-election.
Pilar and Sam were in love as teenagers, buttheir parents forced them to break up, maybe because both families opposed aMexican-Anglo marriage. One of the most acclaimed movies of the 90's! Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert…. Hel also garner something unexpected: the love of beauteous Austin newspaper publisher Martha Ronda. When Texas was admitted to the United States in 1845, Houston was a senator to Washington. With Texas free and independent republic, Houston was elected the first president.