This 'New Jack' Western shoots off in all directions but never hits home. There's much historical revisionism on offer - one third of cowboys were black, apparently - but the only source material that really counts here is old movies (The Wild Bunch, The Magnificent Seven, and, especially, Leone). A refugee from the Spanish-American war, Mario Van Peebles' Jessie Lee leads a band of deserters west to Cutter's Town, where he has a score to settle. On his tail is sadistic Colonel Graham (Zane) and his 'Iron Brigade'. The jarring 1990s sensibility of this over-directed, under-written movie extends to style as well as content. Worst of all is the blatantly fetishistic attitude the director adopts towards his posturing macho star.
Cast and crew
Mario Van Peebles
Dario Scardapane, Sy Richardson
Mario Van Peebles Stephen Baldwin Billy Zane Charles Lane Salli Richardson Melvin Van Peebles