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The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)



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When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner - the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) - he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Josef), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall (Tommy Flanagan), to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson's killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend's murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor's mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson's death. A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

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Bill Pullman
as Lefty Brown
Kathy Baker
as Laura Johnson
Jim Caviezel
as Jimmy Bierce
Tommy Flanagan
as Tom Harrah
Peter Fonda
as Edward Johnson
Diego Josef
as Jeremiah
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Critic Reviews for The Ballad of Lefty Brown

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

hough recycled, the story is well plotted and paced, and the old hands in the cast elevate the familiar material.

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

For what it's worth, Jared Moshe seems genuinely interested in the role of unflagging decency in a sullied world.

December 16, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Pullman is always great to watch.

December 15, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Jared Moshe, the writer and director of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, is a fan of classic Westerns and he's made a movie that should please fellow aficionados.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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This is a satisfying indie western, a dark and brooding film made with both a modern touch and real love for the genre.

December 14, 2017

Mr. Pullman, his good looks obscured by chiaroscuro shadows and mutton chops, keeps you tethered to Lefty even when the rambling turns to drift. Mr. Moshé knows his genre.

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ballad of Lefty Brown


There was a time in the history of Western storytelling in the U.S. of A. wherein every good guy worth his salt had more than simply a trusty horse and a trusty gun. There was a trusty sidekick. Dim, befuddled, good for a laff (and probably a drink too), always a step behind the action but loyal to a fault. This story begins with the death of the good guy and wonders: "what happens to the sidekick now?" It's an interesting proposition. This story unfortunately then ventures into familiar territory, but the leads commit fully to the opening gambit. Particularly good is Kathy Baker, seen around the film industry for years and always underutilized. She shines like a diamond in this. And Bill Pullman gives the performance of a lifetime as the sidekick, finding his way on his own for the first time ever. I wish the story had as much salt as the characterizations. Fans of the Western genre put a lookout on for this under the radar gem.

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