Lonesome Dove Church (2014) - Lonesome Dove Church (2014) - User Reviews - IMDb
Lonesome Dove Church (2014) Poster

User Reviews

Review this title
6 Reviews
Sort by:
Filter by Rating:
6/10
Highlight is Sabongui
realfandangoforever19 October 2018
181019: This is a decent film. It's also a decent little story featuring cap and ball technology (yes, I'm a western fan). Holt reminds me of an improved Keanu Reeves while Berenger's acting left me a bit flat. The highlight is Patrick Sabongui as "Matthew". He's an intriguing, vicious but repentant character in this film. He's also a good actor. Liked him so much I did a bit of research on this Canadian boy. Will have to watch for him in the Goodnight films.
5 out of 5 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
Not a word of truth!
shallford26 March 2015
I am descended from the actual founders of Lonesome Dove Church. My Great-grandparents are buried in the church cemetery. I say this as qualification for what I am about to say. No one named Shepherd was ever involved in the formation of the church. The church founders were named Medlin, Gibson, Hallford, Throop and Foster. I like a good story as well as the next guy. As a matter of fact I have written historical fiction about my great grandfather. but it was based on historical events. The only thing true about this film is the fact that the Lonesome Dove church was built in 1845. Grapevine Texas wasn't established until much later. Calling this a true story is laughable. If you want to make a movie for entertainment I'm all for it. But don't call it a true story.
42 out of 65 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
5/10
interesting as to the content especially to people who like westerns.
secondhandrose-1559217 April 2017
I too am a descendant of fosters and have a book on the history and actual photo of the church. If anyone would like to compare info contact me via the email. movie was not accurate but typical of most westerns. I would watch it again to catch anything I might have missed the first time.
10 out of 14 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
5/10
Faith on the frontier
bkoganbing11 January 2021
Although this film has no bearing whatsoever concerning the founding of The Lonesome Dove Church in Grapevine, Texas which exists still today, the film is a decent action western.

When some of his views don't meet with local approval, circuit riding preacher Tom Berenger goes off looking for a new place to pastor. He finds it in Texas with the assistance of his gunfighter son Greyston Holt.

Holt's on the run himself and as it turns out Berenger has some skills in that area that the Good Book doesn't approve of. As he says he wasn't always a preacher.

The people in the film don't dress like 1846 Texas which was when Texas became a state. Don't look for accuracy heree, just enjoy.
3 out of 3 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
9/10
The Good, the Bad, and the Holy!!!
zardoz-1326 March 2015
Warning: Spoilers
Oscar-nominated actor Tom Berenger of "Platoon" fame plays a paunchy circuit riding preacher in "Dawn Rider" director Terry Miles' antebellum western "Lonesome Dove Church" who wants to start afresh after he embarks on a search for his wayward son. John Shepherd is prompted to find his son because another irate preacher shows him a wanted poster with Isaac Shepherd's image on it with a bounty for $500. All of this came about as a consequence of John preaching against slavery. This brief moment in this western places it as an antebellum oater. Later, after the movie concludes, we learn that the church that John set out to establish in Grapevine, Texas, was started in 1846. John's son Isaac (Greyston Holt of "See No Evil 2") is a stagecoach robber. His partner Dutch (Geoff Gustafson of "The Interview") and he hold up a four-horse drawn coach at the outset and ride off. They allow an accountant (Noel Johansen of "Primary") live after they have gunned down everybody else defending the stagecoach. They mention a man named Henley, but this dastard doesn't spring up until later when he captures Isaac for the first time. Anyway, John's second wife Nancy decides to leave him since he is gallivants off on a wild goose chase around the countryside in search of his depraved son. Eventually, John finds Isaac and helps him escape from Henley's gunmen. One of the most suspenseful scenes occurs when John is driving a wagon and Isaac is concealed in the bed under the tarp. Two gunmen at a gateway stop and question them. John explains that he is a preacher, and one of the gunmen who takes John's Bible. To determine if John is a genuine preacher, the man demands that he quote a Bible verse from Matthew. Initially, John looks pained while Isaac cowers beneath the tarp with his pistol cocked. Happily, John quotes the passage perfectly and they are allowed to ride out. Henley (Alex Zahara of "Open Range") searches for Isaac because he killed his son. As it turns out, Henley is a minister, too, but he is also a ruthless villain who leads women down the path of debauchery, making them use opium. He doesn't like it when his men don't perform up to snuff for him. Indeed, he shoots them on the spot without a qualm.

Mind you, this is a quasi-religious western because John wants to start a church. Nevertheless, John and Isaac get involved in several gunfights along the way to Grapevine. Miles stages his shoot-outs as if he watched Sam Peckinpah oaters. The action occurs in slow-motion, and you can see blood erupt from the bullet wounds. The tree-clad, mountainous, British Columbia scenery is suitably austere, and the cinematography is evocative. Historically, the firearms are post 1850s, but it is a neglitable price to pay for its lack of authenticity. Most period westerns produced today by small companies, "Hell to Pay" for example, are atrocious. "Lonesome Dove Church" qualifies as far above average, only the inaccurate firearms detract from the well-made film. Everything else is laudable, and Berenger is believable as a feet-of- clay minister. Religious movies for the most part not my favorites, but I found this one easy to watch. Thiekle doesn't shove religion down your throat. The last shoot-out evokes memories of the Henry Hathaway sagebrusher "5 Card Stud" where evil preacher Dean Martin brandished a revolver concealed in a hollowed out Bible. Ostensibly, I don't believe that this western has anything to do with Simon Wincer's TV mini-series "Lonesome Dove" (1989) that co-starred Robert Duvall & Tommy Lee Jones. Quite possibly, "Lonesome Dove Church" is the best western in a spell.
13 out of 22 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink
2/10
Oy Vey!
Naturalragman27 October 2019
I'm not sure which is worse; the story or the costumes. It's 1846 for Pete's sake. Modern hats, modern clothes, and modern shoes oh my. Costumes would have even been wrong for 1870, much less 1846. Geez! Stop making period movies about Texas in Canada! ...or BF Georgia!
5 out of 10 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.
Permalink

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Ratings | External Reviews | Metacritic Reviews


Recently Viewed