Couldn’t find a thread for this one…probably my poor eyesight but apologies if there is one already!
A boy witnesses the murder of his parents and kidnap of his sister, after his sheriff father tries to protect a man wrongly accused of murder by a man who wanted his land. He’s found and raised by a family of Quakers who try to steer him away from thoughts of revenge and disapprove strongly of him practising with a gun. Despite his adopted brother’s pleas, he sets off anyway, returning to Danger Pass to get revenge on the whole Moran family. The brother foloows, hoping to persuade him otherwise.
Quite a lot going on here. The villains turn out to be a pretty dysfunctional family, with the younger son hating the dad, as he’s always unfavourably compared to his dead older brother. They’re hardly united. Martell’s character is at first unsure of actually going ahead with any plans for vengeance but is later blinded by it, egged on by his bitter, humiliated sister, who convinces him it’s his duty. And all along, the adopted brother (Mark) pops up to keep an eye on things and try to prevent Alex (Martell) from going too far. Things rapidly escalate out of control, and by the time Alex seems to come to his senses, it seems a little late (his sister is dead and so are all the Moran’s except the daughter, who he had previously kidnapped and terrorised). I liked this one though…with it’s heavy emphasis on angst and twisted family relationships. Martell went a little OTT now and then but it was nice to see him in a starring role.
Strangely, the theme song, titled “Without Name” and sung by Raoul, was to the tune of “Who Is The Man” from Quanto Costa Morire, also sung by Raoul. More of that SW recycling i guess!