Picks and Pans Review: Sodbusters

updated 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., July 17, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

In this fetching comedy film, a greedy cattle baron (John Vernon) wants to divert the railroad through a small Colorado town in 1875. All he has to do is run some homesteaders off their claims. But these grubby farmers acquire a champion, a laconic stranger named Destiny (Kris Kristofferson).

Director Eugene Levy, an SCTV alum, has assembled a wry cast (including Barney Miller alums Max Gail and Steve Landesberg, John Hemphill, Don Lake, Fred Willard and others) for this lamebrain Shane. Even though the script starts shooting blanks during the last half, this movie is still the most rootin'-tootin' frontier spoof since Blazing Saddles.

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