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Hallmark's Durango Movie Review
Adventure Fired His Soul But Love Branded His Heart in Durango
Travel back to the 1940s Ireland, as farmer Mark Doran struggles to find a fair price for his cattle. Determined to do better than what the local buyer is willing to pay, he determines to drive the cattle to take it to market himself rather than sell it for the low price being offered locally.
Hallmark Hall of Fame's Durango is a made-for-television movie based on John B. Keane's novel of the same name. A true story, it is set in rural Ireland during the Second World War and tells the story of the October cattle drive of Tubberlick.
It is a simple, straightforward story, one of adventure, love, money and integrity. It features beautiful music and some of the amazing scenery of Ireland.
Unfortunately for fans of Hallmark's Durango or for those who have yet to see it but who want to, it has not been released on DVD yet. I would not quite categorize it as a rare movie because it is readily and affordably available on VHS videotape. If you want to own a copy of this movie, at this point in time, it will have to be on video tape.
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The Durango Story in 100 Words or Less
Filmed in the countryside in Ireland, Hallmark Hall of Fame's Durango is a fun tale filled with humour, romance and adventure. As World War II is set to break out, a young farmer is madly in love with a young woman who seems unattainable. He organizes a cattle drive to obtain a better price for his cattle and possibly to prove that he is worthy of Fergus Mullaney's daughter.
Fast Facts About Durango
- ACTORS: Patrick Bergin, Gearge Hearn, Matt Keeslar, Brenda Fricker
- DIRECTOR: Brent Shields
- PRODUCER: Brent Shields
- FORMAT: Color, Collector's Edition
- RATING: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- STUDIO: Hallmark Home Entertainment
- RUN TIME: 108 minutes
New York Times Review of Durango
- Ah, Home on the Range, An Especially Green One - New York Times Review of Durango
Sometimes it's comforting to watch a film that lets you know in its first minutes just where it's headed. ''Durango'' telegraphs its trajectory immediately.
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Reviews of Durango
"A feel-good movie that makes you care for all the characters in it, it is nice to see Hallmark stick close to the book and put the story before the Irish scenery which is undeniably gorgeous. It's a great movie for the whole family with a little something in it for everyone, and it also teaches you the positive outcome of standing up for something you believe in." ~ Reviews No More
"John B Keane's book was done justice by this movie. This movie has everything, a love story, action, historical facts and humour. It is definitely worth a look." ~ A Customer
"What is great about the movie is how it weaves a strong romantic story with an important but true tale of farmers battling to get a fair price for the product, in this case cattle. The beautiful Irish scenery adds much to the story as does the wonderful uplifting music score...The lead male and female characters, two young people in love, are both endearing characters and easy to root for. What's also nice is this story is appropriate for all ages, and it has enough humor in it to balance the more dramatically tense moments...It's just one of those movies that leaves you feeling good after you watch it." ~ Harvest
John B. Keane's Durango, The Book
Durango: A Novel was written by John B. Keane, a popular Irish writer. He uses the onset of World War II to share an adventure set in the rural hills of Ireland.
A young man running a farm after his father has passed away realizes that the price of cattle should be going up because Britain needs to feed its troops and also realizes that the price being offered locally is unfair and organizes a cattle trive to Trallock Fair.
He is in love with his neighbor's daughter but her strong willed father makes declaring his feelings a scary proposition and meanwhile, another woman is trying to steal his eye.
The cattle drive is the main part of the story but it is filled with the same interesting characters found in the movie including an Irish army deserter and a motorcycle-riding minister.
"Keane tells his story with a wink in his eye and a voice inflated to just the right mock-epic Blarney pitch for this warm, delightful and thoroughly unbelievable tale."
Durango Movie Soundtrack
This is the first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for which I have encountered a soundtrack and the soundtrack for Durango seems to have been very well received.
The music score was written by Mark McKenzie and performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Film Tracks says that the score has as much beauty as the scenery does and that it takes every opportunity to play upon the beautiful landscape. They summarize by saying that this soundtrack is "45 minutes of the most relaxing Irish-flavored underscore available today."
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