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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Score: 75%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Cinedigm
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 91 Mins.
Genre: Western/Drama
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH


  • Behind-The-Scenes

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story is a fairly good Western starring Trace Adkins (Traded, Moms' Night Out) as Nathaniel Reed, a former stagecoach robber who reinvents himself several times over the years.

Nate and his gang, including Syd Dalton (Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club) and Frank Bell (Claude Duhamel), have a pretty good run going with robbing the local stagecoaches, and they manage to do it all without killing anyone, which is a plus. When a robbery goes bad and Reed ends up shooting a man in order to escape, he makes a complete life change, thinking he is a murderer.

Several years later, we find him living as a rancher, married to the lovely Laura Lee (Michelle Harrison, The Flash), a local school teacher. The pair are experiencing hard times financially and Laura Lee has been sick of late. But the bad news just keeps coming when old robbing partner Frank Bell shows up to tell Nate that one of their former gang members has been killed by a Marshall named Woody Calhoun (Kim Coates, Resident Evil: Afterlife), who has also got a bullet with Nate's name on it and he just won't quit. Naturally, Calhoun shows up with his gun-toting partner, Bonnie Mudd (Helena Marie) and low and behold, he is wearing an eye patch from the earlier encounter with Reed some years before and he carries a whole boatload of revenge with him. A gunfight ensues, with Calhoun, Laura Lee and Nate all getting shot and running their separate ways, and Nate left believing his beloved wife is dead because of him, based on Frank's account of what happened.

Nate doesn't have much choice but to go back to what he knows - robbing stagecoaches - since the bank is about to foreclose on the ranch and his dear wife is gone, so he teams back up with Frank Bell and Syd Dalton. A penchant for Apple Jack Whiskey and a move to the great state of Texas earn him the new moniker of "Texas Jack" and once again, he and the gang start raking in the bucks, all while keeping the blood off their hands. When Nate heads back towards his old hometown, his past will catch up with him all at once, with Calhoun making a traitorous deal with Frank to take Texas Jack down. It all plays out in true cowboy fashion with guns being drawn in the streets and the stakes having never been higher for Nate/Texas Jack.

When I first saw the information on Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story and I saw Trace Adkins listed as the top actor, I shuddered a bit, having been recently burned with another horrible Western he played in, Traded, but I was pleasantly surprised by Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story. It had a good story, and although the disclaimer states it is a work of fiction, there really was a stagecoach robber named Nathaniel "Texas Jack" Reed. Everyone was pretty good in their roles and I especially enjoyed Judd Nelson as the easy-going Syd Dalton. Trace Adkins has a great voice and excellent pacing in his speech for a Western and both he and Kim Coates were good. Some moments were a bit overplayed by various cast members, but overall, it was a fair movie. Not a great Western, but a decent one and one that certainly washed the stink Traded left away, which is a Very Good Thing.

There is a Behind-The-Scenes featurette on the making of the film, which was interesting to watch, but it had some audio issues such that the interview bits (especially with Trade Adkins) were much quieter than the movie bits and I had to keep adjusting the volume to hear him properly. A minor issue, but be aware.

Overall, if you are a fan of the Western genre, you could do worse than Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story. You could also do better, but the film is worth a look.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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