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Movie synopsis
Sheriff Buddy Deeds (Matthew McConaughey) is a legend in the Texas border town of Frontera, the archetypical hero who supposedly saved the town from corruption. The discovery of a 40-year-old murder, however, threatens to tarnish Deeds's reputation and upset a fragile community riven between whites, Latinos, and blacks. LONE STAR follows the murder investigation through the lives of several characters, including the Latina schoolteacher, Pilar (Elizabeth Pe´┐Ża); the African American colonel, Delmore (Joe Morton); and Deeds's estranged son, Sam (Chris Cooper), who is the town's current sheriff. At times recalling the structure of CITIZEN KANE, LONE STAR presents many different views on the morally ambiguous character of Buddy Deeds. However, the film is primarily about how Frontera's residents deal with the complex, often violent history they have inherited and the borders they must cross to live in peace. As with his earlier film, CITY OF HOPE, director John Sayles juggles complex race and class issues with ease and shows that the political is often the personal.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 053939251524

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID3295413
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Editorial reviews

"...A mystery of potent surprise, ready wit and rough-hewed grace....The performances are uncommonly fine..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (07/11/1996)

"...Intelligence, political acuteness and narrative lucidity....LONE STAR turns the conventions and vocabulary of the Western to its own ends..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (10/01/1996)

"...The glow of a humanist optimism rare in contemporary movies..." -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker (06/21/1996)

"...A richly textured and thoroughly engrossing drama....Canada and James give vibrant performances..."
Variety - Joe Leydon (03/18/1996)

"...Leisurely yet intense, LONE STAR reveals a director whose mastery does nothing but increase..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (06/21/1996)

"...LONE STAR contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies....LONE STAR is a great American movie....The film is a wonder -- the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (07/03/1996)

"Intricately plotted and perfectly paced, it effortlessly slips between eras and surprises right up until the very last minute."
Total Film - Daniel Webb (04/01/2004)

"...A socially conscious sprawler....A Texas-size cast of characters..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (06/21/1996)

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Created: 06/12/09

"Lone Star" keeps you thinking

"Cold Case" meets the modern Wild West in Frontera, Rio County, Texas. To set the stage, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) is the son of legendary and revered Sheriff Buddy Deeds (Matthew McConaughey). The elder Deeds became sheriff in the late 1950s after the mysterious disappearance of the despicable Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Krostofferson). As the film opens, workmen are inspecting a long deserted Army rifle range in preparation for future development and in typical "Cold Case" style come across skeletal remains and other artifacts. Forensics subsequently identifies those remains as Wade.

Sheriff Sam then launches his own investigation to determine the exact circmstances of Wade's death. This leads him to visit many living old timers and relatives of various deceased. Their stories are often showin in flashbacks. The more he delves, the more he finds his father was no angel and may even be the murderer. But unlike a 1-hour TV show, there are other things going on in town besides Sam's inquisition.

Frontera is a racial hotbed, as Mexican-Americans and African-Americans make whites a minority. There's his romantic interest since high school, Pelar (Elizabeth Pena), who is now a teacher and is faced with a battle over revisionist history in the curriculum. You also have illegal immingration, the impending closure of the Army base which will negatively affect the local economy, politicians pushing for an unnecessary new jail, and dysfunctional families. With so many characters to develop and so many stories to tell, this film runs 135 minutes. And it doesn't drag.

Some things I especially like: Snappy dialogue and witty comebacks. These are not limited to any one person, either. There are visits to the El Vaquero Drive-In Theatre, both in operation (playing a teen slasher movie) and in present day abandonment. And in a unique cinematic method, a song is used to show the cultural divide. At the black nightclub you hear R&B artist Ivory Joe Hunter singing his original "Since I Met You Baby". Later, in the cafe owned by Pelar's mother, the jukebox plays the same song but in Spanish, "Desde Que Conosco" by Freddie Fender.

Even the end credits, which are not overly long, are not a waste. My introduction to a vintage singer: Way before there was Hannah Montana, even before there was Patsy Cline, there was Patsy Montana. Her 1935 signature song "Cowboy's Sweetheart" plays as the credits roll. This effectively leaves you with the concept that in Rio County, Texas, the past is still important. You will find Lone Star a movie you will think about for a long time.

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Created: 10/23/08

Lone Star is an awesome flick!

LONE STAR follows the murder investigation through the lives and points of view of several characters. The film is mainly about how this border town's residents deal with the complicated, often violent history they have inherited and the borders they must cross, figuratively and physically, to live in relative peace. I bought this movie on DVD because I used to have it on VHS. It's a great movie that got me hooked from the get go! Then, on top of that, it has an awesome cast! This movie was filmed in Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, which is near where my family is from.

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Created: 03/10/09

LONESTAR (1998,DVD)

LONE STAR BEGINS AS A RIVETING WHODUNIT ABOUT THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF A CORRUPT LAWMAN. SOON IT BECOMES MUCH MORE. THE INTRIGUING SAGA OF CULTURES AND DIRTY DEALINGS IN A TEXAS BORDER TOWN. A MOVING LOOK AT PARENTS AND CHILDREN AT ODDS AND THE PASSIONS OF FORBIDDEN LOVE ACROSS GENERATIONS. (CHRIS COOPER), (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY),(KRIS KRISTOFFERSON),(ELIZABETH PENA),(JOE MORTON),(FRANCES MCDORMAND),AND MORE GIVE RICH PERFORMANCES. "IT'S A GREAT MOVIE WITH STAYING POWER." A JOURNEY WELL WORTH TAKING.

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Created: 04/29/08

Lone Star

It's a very good movie about solving an old crime. The struggles of a small town both now and in the past. One to watch if you like history and mystery. Not enough McConayghey though.

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Created: 02/04/09

Lone Star

This movie is an anthropological masterpiece. Director John Sayles portrays Texas' historical culture very well. This was an early role for Matt McConnughay. It is a bit liberal but worth watching.

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