Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Country singer Trace Adkins plays the title role in this Western based on a real-life robber.

It takes a lot of chutzpah to use the word "stagecoach" in the title of a Western movie. Devotees of John Ford's enduring 1939 classic need not bother with the latest oater vehicle for Trace Adkins (Traded), although undiscriminating viewers looking for a shoot-'em-up on late-night cable could do worse than Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, currently receiving a limited theatrical release. The country music singer turned actor plays the central role of Nathaniel Reed, based on a real-life outlaw who committed numerous stagecoach, train and bank robberies in the late 1800s. (Fun fact: He lived until 1950 and even published an autobiography in 1936.) As the film would have it, Reed — whose alias stemmed from his favorite brand of whiskey and the state in which he committed many of his crimes — tried to go straight, living quietly as a rancher and husband to his devoted wife, Laura (Michelle Harrison)...more

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