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Cheyenne Warrior
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by Scott Weinberg

"Me dating Kelly Preston, kemo sabe."
3 stars

This semi-mawkish western romance was directed by the lead guy from Hardbodies! And Hardbodies 2! Why I find that amusing I have no idea.

Low-key, earnest, and exceedingly simplistic (even for a Roger Corman production), 1994's Cheyenne Warrior is a well-intentioned and somewhat likable little tale ... even if it is one of the most trite, familiar, and generally predictable chestnuts you're likely to come across.

Tell me if you can see where this is headed: A beautiful young (pregnant) woman is left stranded at an isolated old trading post during the early part of the Westward Expansion. Nursing a broken heart (due to a recently killed husband) and a rapidly swelling belly (thanks to the same late husband), Mrs. Rebecca Carver has nobody to rely on aside from the handsome Cheyenne warrior she just recently nursed back to health from death's door.

Hot Blonde Widow + Shirtless Exotic Warrior + Completely Isolated Setting = Sweet Forbidden Love

It all runs very smoothly predictable and yet ... actually quite watchable. There's certainly a novelty value to seeing a young Kelly Preston in a lead role, and the background cast is populated with character actors like Dan Haggerty, Clint Howard, Rick Dean, and Bo Hopkins. Plus the lead actor, one Pato Hoffman, brings a steely intensity to the affair, even if he's not all that great of an actor.

Cheyenne Warrior is a simple little story that'll appeal mostly to bored women home alone on a Wednesday night who are too lazy to reach for the remote control, but it certainly doesn't rank among the Corman Machine's most embarrassing projects. It's obvious and corny and 1,000% familiar, but it moves quick enough and it's not too painful.

Plus it's got some pretty half-decent action scenes for a low-budget western romance flick.

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originally posted: 02/13/06 23:58:00
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User Comments

3/19/09 Helen Wyatt I loved it. 5 stars
12/14/08 Lucy Anderson I had tears in my eyes. A lovely movie. 5 stars
6/18/06 Frank Masters Excellent western 5 stars
11/19/04 Tom Cody Great western. Better than most recent efforts. 5 stars
2/26/03 Frank Leffler An minor western classic. 5 stars
1/30/03 Rebecca Todd A wonderful love story. Pato Hoffmann is very sexy. 5 stars
1/30/03 A.T. Tompkins Very moving. The best western I've seen since DANCES WITH WOLVES. 5 stars
11/02/02 Charles Tatum The definition of the word "bland" 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Jun-1994 (PG)
  DVD: 26-Dec-2005

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Directed by
  Mark Griffiths

Written by
  Michael B. Druxman

Cast
  Kelly Preston
  Bo Hopkins
  Dan Haggerty
  Clint Howard
  Rick Dean
  Charles Powell



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