Picks and Pans Review: Johnson County War
Hallmark Channel (Sat., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. ET)
"This range war is becoming terribly tedious," one character complains late in this four-hour (minus commercials) saga, inspired by the real conflict between Wyoming cattle barons and homesteaders in the 1890s. True, the pinging of bullets and the pounding of hooves bring on a slight headache after a while. But Burt Reynolds has fun showing his tight, icy smile as the big ranchers' feared enforcer, and Luke Perry is well-cast as a rustler who's not all bad, By contrast, Tom Berenger just seems tired in the hero's role.
Bottom Line: Worth a shot for fans of old-fashioned westerns
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