Aces 'N' Eights

2008

Action / Adventure / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 22%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 746

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Cast

Alan Fudge as Mayor Donald L. Butterfield
Ron Roggé as Surveyor
Jared Ward as Sid
720p.WEB
801.6 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 4 / 10

Just a right of way,

Casper Van Dien stars in Aces 'N' Eights as a former gunslinger in Jeff Kober's band of thugs for hire who up and quits and decides to settle down and lead a peaceful life. Rancher Ernest Borgnine takes him in and life goes well.

That is until Kober's murderous band gets hired by William Atherton of the railroad and he wants a lot of ranches cleared out. And Kober is a man who enjoys killing to make that happen.

I have to say this was a strange western for someone who's seen more than his share. Most of the time if the plot involved the railroad coming through it was a good thing and it was bad guys who had insider knowledge of that happening trying to push people off their land. In some cases it was the railroad, most famously in the Tyrone Power classic Jesse James that was strong arming people off their property, but just killing them? After all, the railroad just wants a right of way, enough room to lay down their tracks.

Which made this western a rather dubious proposition for me. Still there's enough action to satisfy any western fan. There's also an adroit performance Bruce Boxleitner as one of Kober's men who plays a distinctly lone hand.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Friends oughtn't to kill friends."

With a title like "Aces 'N' Eights", you know it's only a matter of time before the obligatory reference is made to Wild Bill Hickok's dead man's hand. That was provided by villain turned good guy D.C. Cracker (Bruce Boxleitner) later on in the story, but you know, it's funny because there was nothing even remotely related to playing cards or gambling that had anything to do with the picture. Take another movie with the same title, 1936's "Aces and Eights" starring Tim McCoy; in that one McCoy's character is a card sharp and all around tough guy who's wanted posters tell prospective gamblers to just stay away from him. He could tear a pack of playing cards into quarters he was so tough!

Now Westerns are my favorite movie genre, so don't take what I'm about to say the wrong way. There's only so many times you can tell the greedy land grab story before it gets to be redundant. That's one of the main reasons Westerns eventually fell out of favor with the public, which is why it takes something like Eastwood's "Unforgiven" to encourage the genre's revival. The story here is another one of those formula pictures repackaged and made over the top violent to appeal to Western movie junkies like myself, but after just so many (I've reviewed well over six hundred on IMDb before losing track) it seems more like going through the motions.

Even with all that said I thought this was an OK film. Casper Van Dien made for a staunchly rugged hero opposite Jeff Kober's sadistic Tate character. I started to get a little distracted when Jack Noseworthy showed up looking just a little too much like a young Val Kilmer. Then later on when Monty (Rodney Scott) made his way back to Oak Hill, I got distracted even more when the bruises on his faces kept changing shape and position. But then it's all balanced out by Ernest Borgnine at ninety one years of age! riding horses and throwing down with his shotgun making me wish once again he could have made it to a hundred.

Reviewed by zardoz-13 8 / 10

Violent But Realistic Horse Opera About Greed and Treachery

This above-average but violent made-for-television western pits the villainous land-hungry railroad against defenseless small-time ranchers whose lands lay on the route sought by the railroad. Stuntman/action director Craig R. Baxley helms this exciting little B-movie horse opera with flaws to spare. All the bad guys sport long white dusters. "Guardian of the Realm" lenser Yaron Levy's color photography constantly thrusts you into the thick of the gunfire, and the hand-held camera work lends a sense of verisimilitude to the action that enhances this oater. As the protagonist Luke Rivers, Casper Van Dien is actually tolerable for a change, and the beard gives him a lot of maturity. Late in the action, he puts on a poncho and vaguely resembles Clint Eastwood. Basically, Van Dien plays a gunslinger who has tried to hang up his six-gun and reform himself. Naturally, the villains compel him to strap on his hog-leg one more time. The sturdy cast includes Bruce Boxleitner as a believable gunfighter. Ernest Borgnine of "The Wild Bunch" plays one of the foremost ranchers--Prescott--that the greedy, murderous railroad has been harassing about his land. These villains don't beat about the bush. When they embark on their reign of terror, expect to either wince or grimace at the results. "Sugarland Express" star William Atherton is Howard, an unscrupulous local railroad official who displays no qualms against killing to make a point. Of course, the devious Chicago-based railroad company doesn't want to pay a penny more for the land.

"Aces 'N Eights" springs a couple of surprises along the way without violating any of the formulaic conventions of westerns. The Dennis Shryack and Ronald M. Cohen screenplay observes all the clichés and then wields them with style. For example, D.C. Cracker, the Bruce Boxleitner gunfighter is reminiscent of Ben Johnson's gunfighter in "Shane." Jack Noseworthy of "Breakdown" stands out as a member of the railroad who has come to negotiate a peaceful settlement between the railroad and the landowners. The gunfights are noisy but not bloody. The treacherous hired guns working for the railroad terrorize and murder land owners and their wives to scare them into selling out. The sign of a good movie is that the characters change over the arc of the narrative, and three characters alter their activities by fade-out. The finale is a well-staged gunfight between the heroes and the villains with a surprisingly conclusion. If you enjoy westerns like those that George Montgomery and Randolph Scott made, you'll probably enjoy "Aces 'N Eights."

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