“There’s something wrong with this valley. The war is over and people keep on killing.” – Austin Dodd
Last Stand At Saber River is based on an Elmore Leonard novel. Leonard is legendary for creating books which are eminently filmable and this one is no different. Starring Tom Selleck as the disillusioned Confederate officer Paul Cable Last Stand At Saber River could just as easily have been on the big screen instead of a made for television movie. Selleck is perfectly cast as Paul Cable who is disappointed with life, hard as nails and just looking for a little piece of the world to call his own.
When Paul Cable returns home he finds a family which believed he was dead, neighbors who want nothing to do with him and a wife who is seemingly resentful of his being alive after believing him dead for so long. It is not an easy world to live in but it does beat the alternative and Cable takes on his familial responsibilities and tries to get the family settled back to normal life in a new territory. As it turns out though the civil war is not quite ended yet and there is much animosity between Cable, his new neighbors who were Union soldiers. There is an additional layer of intrigue as one of Cables other neighbors is actually an agent for the Confederate cause.
All in all this is a very watchable western. Selleck is flawless as Paul Cable, Suzy Amis is wonderful as his hard as nails wife both Keith and David Carradine add their considerable talent to a well scripted, well directed, well told story. If there is a hole in the movie it is in the final chase scene. The final chase scene of the movie takes place along a packed dirt road and the tire tracks from cars and trucks are clearly visible on the roadbed. It is a small complaint but it really had a negative effect on a movie that until that point had been quite impressive.
This is just one more Tom Selleck western that should be seen by any fan of the western genre.