Red Headed Stranger

 (91)6.41 h 48 min1986R
Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers
William D. Wittliff
Willie NelsonMorgan FairchildR.G. Armstrong
English [CC]
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Too dark for even Clint Eastwood who could have starred in this movie
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A dark western about a backsliding, wife murdering, prostitute murdering preacher man who gains redemption with the town and his new lady but definitely not with God. It falls darker than "Pale Rider" and "Unforgiven." Surprisingly good acting by Willie and great music score. Great supporting acting by R.G Armstrong and Royal Dano. I give it 5 joints score to Willie Productions
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Christina HerrimanReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great story great music
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My husband and I are so excited that this classic movie was added to the prime video. We've looked for years to find it on DVD and it is only on VHS. I love the theme song, Minute in G by Bach, that is played throughout the film. (I'm a choral director.) It's a wonderful movie filled with lots of drama and turmoil, but is resolved nicely with redemption and new found faith. I highly recommend it.
spurdragonReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Western
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My favorite western. Push for it to come out on DVD! Looks and feels closer to what I imagine a real outback town in that time, and how people would look, dress and talk. Plain, poor, dusty, dirty - no fancy sets, spotless clothes, give-away modern orthodontics. Water is scarce, people sweat. What has more value than water? Kudos to the set master, costume designer, makeup, actors, writer, director and editor. Story moves along slowly and pleasurably with nice surprises, e.g., delightful dialogue, realistic violence (did I just see that?!). Existential, earthy, simple, satisfying. Suprising honesty, fewer words, more truth, time to reflect, muse about life - love, loss, revenge, betrayal, forgiveness, courage, acceptance, redemption. It doesn't forget we like to be entertained. It is speckled with dry humor and a bit of silliness to boot. That Willie isn't a professional actor adds a touch of realism, but he is surrounded with good actors. Good lines, delightful wit, great score - Willie's own gritty voice and story-line songs are the perfect fit. Great gunfight at the end. More a "sit back and savor" than "cling to your seat" enjoyment. "Is your horse worth the life of that man!? . . . I couldn't say . . . I didn't know the man."
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john thomasReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Willie Nelson is pretty good in this. He plays a Preacher who's wife leaves him for another man. He then goes on a rampage killing everybody. Then after trying to settle down. Roayl Dano and his sons wont leave him alone . So there is more killing. Amazon shows that they have this dvd for 190 dollars. I have never seen it on dvd. It needs to be released for a decent price.
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Azriel AbyssReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not Perfect, but Good
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Gritty western about the darkness and the light within us all, and the consequences of one's actions. Acting isn't the best, but it's good enough.
Dayna HislopeReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Like it or not the old man and his boys are exactly what a communist family is
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Great movie but the preacher should've went back and killed papa to end the communist family flexing their fear muscle.
VAPhylReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Willie at his best with great soundtrack and acting by supporting roles
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LOVE this movie with excellent story line and actors. Willie is amazing and this movie is not one which is very easy to find or view as it can only be found on VHS (which is quickly becoming obsolete it seems).Excellent company with above the top customer service with a personal flair in reaching out to ensure their clients are delivery and excellent packaging to ensure the movie arrived safe and sound. Highly recommended
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quietguy.Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Weak story, unimpressive acting . . .
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But Katherine Ross saved the film from being a complete loss.
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