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|Bill Pullman||The Virginian|
|Bill Pullman||Director, Producer|
|Nathan Barr||Score Composer|
|Daniel H. Blatt||Executive Producer|
|Richard Roberts||Production Designer|
|Jane Robinson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
Posted July 21, 2000
Finally, this classic Western novel has been faithfully put on film. The serious themes of the book, the central love story in which the man and woman represent opposing viewpoints, and the breathtaking scenery make for an enjoyable movie. (I have been anticipating the release of the video since the commercial interruptions on TV were distracting. The moving and symbolic final scene on horseback involving the hats with the beautiful music was destroyed by voice over and coming attraction blurbs on all but the very first TV showing.) The film changed the sequence of the book's story line involving Molly's return to Vermont so that it made more sense in the film than in the novel while retaining all of the essential dynamics of her interesting relationship with The Virginian. Bill Pullman, Diane Lane, and all of the supporting actors were excellent and demonstrated their versatile acting talent. For picky viewers who notice bloopers, look for the scene on the hill where Molly and the Virginian have their first kiss and observe what happens to her shawl in the editing process. On the whole though, the details of the period costumes and scenery are very well done. This is a fine film that Western fans will love for its stunning landscapes and timeless Western themes and it is the first film adaptation of the novel to adequately focus on the relationship between The Virginian and Molly.
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