Sweet Vengeance Trailer. Logan Miller‘s Sweet Vengeance (2013) international movie trailer stars January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris, Eduardo Noriega, and Stephen Root. Sweetwater (aka Sweet Vengeance)’s plot synopsis: “The film follows January Jones’ former prostitute Sarah, who, after seeing her husband Miguel (Eduardo Noriega) killed in cold-blood by religious fanatic Josaih (Jason Isaacs), becomes determined in putting a bullet in the murderer. It’s left to renegade Sheriff Ed Harris to attempt to stop Sarah’s crusading mission through the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory.”
On a western’s characteristics:
The American Film Institute defines western films as those “set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier.” The term Western, used to describe a narrative film genre, appears to have originated with a July 1912 article in Motion Picture World Magazine. Most of the characteristics of Western films were part of 19th century popular Western fiction and were firmly in place before film became a popular art form. Western films commonly feature as their protagonists stock characters such as cowboys, gunslingers, and bounty hunters, often depicted as semi-nomadic wanderers who wear Stetson hats, bandannas, spurs, and buckskins, use revolvers or rifles as everyday tools of survival, and ride between dusty towns and cattle ranches on trusty steeds.
Western films were enormously popular in the silent era. However, with the advent of sound in 1927-28 the major Hollywood studios rapidly abandoned Westerns, leaving the genre to smaller studios and producers, who churned out countless low-budget features and serials in the 1930s. By the late 1930s the Western film was widely regarded as a ‘pulp’ genre in Hollywood, but its popularity was dramatically revived in 1939 by such major studio productions as Dodge City (starring Errol Flynn), Jesse James (with Tyrone Power in the title role), Union Pacific (with Joel McCrea), Destry Rides Again (featuring James Stewart in his first western, supported by Marlene Dietrich) and perhaps most notably, the release of John Ford’s landmark Western adventure Stagecoach, which became one of the biggest hits of the year released through United Artists, and made John Wayne a mainstream screen star in the wake of a decade of headlining B westerns. Wayne had been introduced to the screen ten years earlier as the leading man in director Raoul Walsh’s widescreen classic The Big Trail, which failed at the box office due to exhibitors’ inability to switch over to widescreen during the Depression.
Western films often depict conflicts with Native Americans. While early Eurocentric Westerns frequently portray the “Injuns” as dishonorable villains, the later and more culturally neutral Westerns (notably those directed by John Ford) gave native Americans a more sympathetic treatment. Other recurring themes of Westerns include Western treks or perilous journeys (e.g. Stagecoach) or groups of bandits terrorising small towns such as in The Magnificent Seven.
Early Westerns were mostly filmed in the studio, just like other early Hollywood films, but when location shooting became more common from the 1930s, producers of Westerns used desolate corners of Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming. Productions were also filmed on location at movie ranches.
Often, the vast landscape becomes more than a vivid backdrop; it becomes a character in the film. After the early 1950s, various wide screen formats such as cinemascope (1953) and VistaVision used the expanded width of the screen to display spectacular Western landscapes. John Ford’s use of Monument Valley as an expressive landscape in his films from Stagecoach (1939) to Cheyenne Autumn (1965) “present us with a mythic vision of the plains and deserts of the American West, embodied most memorably in Monument Valley, with its buttes and mesas that tower above the men on horseback, whether they be settlers, soldiers, or Native Americans”.
Sweet Vengeance also stars Jason Aldean, Vic Browder, Luce Rains, Dylan Kenin, Keith Meriweather, J.B. Tuttle, Chad Brummett, and Kevin Wiggins.
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