Max Evans based his novel on Americans trying to live the Old West lifestyle in the early Cold War days. Two World War II veterans own land and make their living on the lush and open New Mexico countryside. Pete and Big Boy are best friends. Pete wants a simple life on his farm. Big Boy is a big-drinker always looking to stir up trouble and a fight. Mona is a beautiful woman married to one of the few men who stayed behind during the war. Pete meets her first and he’s instantly drawn to her. He finds out soon after that she has started seeing Big Boy.
You know there is going to be big trouble when two friends fall for the same woman. There is already enough trouble with Bog Boy always pushing others down into the dirt, even though there are some who need this treatment. I was glad I do not eat beef after watching this film! The material is interesting plus seeing the actors as their younger selves. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
114 min, Drama directed by Stephen Frears with Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette, Penelope Cruz, Billy Crudup, Robert Knott, Sam Elliott.
Note: Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.0 out of 10, 56% critic 42% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.