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Broken Trail
May 27, 2012  | By David Bianculli
 
BROKEN TRAIL - TVWW's Ed Bark calls History Channel's first scripted miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, the best made-fro-TV Western saga since 2006's Broken Trail. That's saying a lot. The AMC miniseries starred Robert Duvall as aging cowboy driving a herd of horses from Oregon to Wyoming, assisted by his nephew (played by Thomas Haden Church, in a surprising turn from his dim-witted mechanic from the NBC sitcom, Wings). The two become involuntary heroes, rescuing five girls being held by sex traffickers. No actor inhabits the Western genre like Duvall, but the true star of the film is director Walter Hill, who keeps a tight rein on a sprawling story that barely wanders over its four-hour running time. Hill's eye for the details of the Old West brings this period piece to life. I swear, there were a few scenes where I could smell the gun powder and leather. —DB
 
 
 
 
 
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