Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.
As somebody who had not heard any of this before, it became a curious phenomenon to sit and watch a film and slowly have the realities begin to click into place.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
An extremely solid western television program. My highest regards.
I absolutely LOVE this show, the characters, and the actors who portray them. The relationship between father and son can't be beat!!! (and let's not forget that incredible rifle!! ;) A truly blessed sight to behold - especially considering the heartbreaking state of things these days - is the absolutely shameless way they pray, read the Bible, and love learning to live the way our Lord would have them live. Truly beautiful. My most favorite episode is "The Wyoming Story - Part 2", at the end, when Mark not only speedily jumps into his pa's arms, but tearfully, fervently kisses him for pure joy of having him back home for good. Serious, heartwarming sweetness, that. Lumpy throat, teary eyes, every time I see it!!
***This is not really a review but more of a long question that's been bothering me for years *** *No real Spoiler just a reference to a later episode*I love Westerns so for the review part: This has great western action, story lines and drama. There is nothing more to say about a great show like that. Here's my question. Can anyone tell me if there is a back story for Lucas McCain? There are several references to how good he is with the rifle (The show is called "The Rifleman") however there seems to be no back story on how he got so good and where/how he used this skill. Was he an ex-lawman, Bounty Hunter, or Straight Outlaw? There were multiple episodes where outlaws or gunslingers make comments like; Watch out, you know how good he is with that rifle or I've always wanted to test the famous Lucas McCain etc. Like in Season 3, EP 33 - Death Trap, where he comes across a famous fast gunslinger (Simon Battle) whom was shot by McCain years earlier and thought to be dead. During the episode they talk back and forth on how they would not back down from each other and wanting to shoot it out again. I can't seem to find any story/episode to where all this skill came from and how come so many outlaws etc. know that deadly skill of his. I can understand the lack of back story for Clint Eastwood"The man with no name" kind of story/movie. But for this to be an ongoing series I was a bit unsettled not to know this answer.
Watching reruns on MeTv now, this show aired 20 years before I was born, yet now it is one of my favorite shows! The plot is this, a widowed rancher Lucas McCain and his son Mark run the Northfork Ranch, as Lucas tries to raise and teach Mark the best he can. Of course each week there is a bad guy or anti-hero the McCains deal with, but there is a lesson to be learned each episode of the series.Chuck Connors & Johnny Crawford are wonderful as father and son. You'd think that they actually were! (In Fact, Chuck treated Johnny like he did his own sons in real life!) Even in the opening of the show, when Chuck looks toward the audience, his eyes never leave the screen. To me, its a comforting look, saying 'As long as I'm here, you have nothing to fear.' It's a shame that a lot of TV shows since don't have that kind of impact on the viewers.