This film asks a number of questions: How can one arrive at the end of one's life and make a statement about its significance? How can one survive being abandoned by one's father? How can a country with only very wealthy and very poor avoid a violent class struggle? How are justice and mercy balanced during a revolution? This is a tragic love story. There is a fair amount of violence, and life seems to be reduced to its essentials. But in the end we understand that Bierce, Winslow and Arroyo gave meaning to one another's lives, and achieved what they desired. Peck, Fonda and Smits all give strong, believable performances. If you enjoy historical dramas set in the West, perhaps films like The Alamo, The Big Country, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dances with Wolves, Giant, How the West Was Won, Little Big Man, The Searchers, or The Wild Bunch, this film may appeal to you.
Labels: adventure, history, romance, tragedy, western