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American Western

USA 2022
produced by
Chris Spinelli, Nicole D'Angelo, Benny Tjandra, Louis DeStefano, Linda S. Wong, Gregory Hatanaka (executive), Nino Cimino (executive), Kelley Daniel (executive), Eric Banks (executive), Doug Tochioka (co-executive), Shane Ryan-Reid (= Shane Ryan) (co-executive) for CineRidge Entertainment, Cimino Productions
directed by Gregory Hatanaka
starring Nino Cimino, Linda S. Wong, Chris Spinelli, Jose Adam Alvarez, Johnny Avila, Shane Ryan-Reid (= Shane Ryan), Johnny Mask, Nicole D'Angelo, Sam Dobbins, Louis DeStefano, James Menditto, Robert York, Mathew Shelton, Alex Strasko
written by Nino Cimino, stunt coordination by Benny Tjandra

review by
Mike Haberfelner

The Old West: After a successful heist, Nico (Nino Cimino) and Lance (Johnny Avila) hide out for the night in Nico's girlfriend Rita's (Linda S. Wong) bar - to the next morning find out the posse after them led by Captain Harrison (Chris Spinelli) has caught up with them much quicker than expected, and after they figure they can't prevail in a shoot-out, they make up a plan where Nico gives himself up, then Lance springs him free and they make off with the loot. Unfortunately, Lance makes off with the loot on his own and straight out forgets to help his friend. Thing is, he has had a secret deal with Harrison, and so, while Nico spends the next five years in the hardest prison of them all, Desert Castle, Lance is pardoned by Harrison and even made sheriff on Monterey. However, eventually Nico and fellow convict Juan (Jose Adam Alvarez) manage to escape Desert Castle, and naturally their first way is to Rita's. Now Juan wants to take off to Mexico to escape the law the very next day, but Nico feels he has a score to settle with Harrison and (especially) Lance, so he makes up a plan for revenge, and Juan, owing Nico his life, feels he owes it to Nico to help him any which way - even if that may mean his own demise ...

Good friend of this site Shane Ryan-Reid plays Lance's sadistic deputy.


Not exactly the re-invention of the western genre, this is actually a pretty solid genre entry for exactly that reason, it doesn't try to force a re-interpretation of or post-modern take on the western onto the audience, doesn't wink at the audience for its many Easter eggs and/or parodistic elements, it just tells a straight-forward story just like some of the best western of old did, and a genre-savvy and dynamic directorial effort keeps things moving at a steady pace after a script that's well within genre confines but that manages to surprise at the same time. Western fans are sure to get a kick out of this one, and maybe not just them.


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