Picks and Pans Review: The Desperate Trail
updated 07/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/10/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In this vivid but violent western, Craig Sheffer plays a Latin-spouting eastern dude. Linda Fiorentino is a trigger-happy tougher-than-leather desperada wanted for murder. They are strangers on a stagecoach who abscond with a Wells Fargo strongbox and end up as fugitives. In grim pursuit of this unconventional pair of outlaws is a seasoned sheriff (Sam Elliott), who is...well, let's just say he is highly motivated.
Because the script is a little light in the story department, the film dawdles along in the final hour. But Fiorentino is sublime as a pistol-packing mama, far better than Sharon Stone was in a similar turn in this year's already-forgotten The Quick and the Dead.