Directed by: David Heavener
Starring: David Heavener, Paul L. Smith, Robert Bjorklund, Devin Mills, and Frank Stallone
"A Story of what happens when a bullet comes between a man and his family."
Billy Ray Dalton (Heavener) is a simple family man and a “Cowboy of the modern
day”, to quote Tesla. He loves his rural lifestyle, he loves fried
chicken, and he fully lives up to his cowboy persona, putting on live
Western stunt shows during the day and pursuing his country music career
One day some middle-aged punks roll into town and decide to
start harassing the town’s gas station owner, Gumby (Patterson). When
Dalton stands up for Gumby, the punks then murder Dalton’s pregnant wife
and kidnap his pre-pubescent daughter, Holly Lynn (Cicero) to sell
into human trafficking and child porn. Must make sense by punk
standards. Either that, or they really, really hate Gumby.
leaves the country and heads into the big, bad, mean and dangerous city
streets of Hollywood. We then learn that Dalton is an ex-Green Beret
and expert marksman, and he
will stop at nothing to get revenge and save his daughter.
Inspectors Wainright (Smith) and Grady Purella (Stallone) (did Heavener
come up with that name?) are following the case. The “funny” part is,
Purella is a glasses-wearing, rulebook-citing, suit-wearing liberal
college boy who loves yogurt and Wainright is an obese, rule-flouting,
disgruntled, slovenly dude who loves nothing more than to chomp into the
nearest burger. They’re the original odd couple! With the help of
Jesse (Mills), will Dalton emerge victorious, or will his plans and his
musical career fall at the hands of the evil Washington (Bjorklund)?
Heavener wrote, directed, co-produced and stars in this “cowboy Death
Wish” and makes the most of its rock-bottom budget. His buckskin fringed
jacket is even more awesome than Steven Seagal’s. And Heavener was
first with that style. Frank Stallone shows his range as an actor -
compare his role here
with his character from Fear - totally different. None other than Fritz
Matthews is credited with special effects, but he doesn’t appear in the
movie. Paul Smith as Wainright is a triumph, especially with lines like
“leave the detective-ing to us”.
Sure, the many scenes of
Heavener singing may seem gratuitous - but who can argue with such gems
as “This Honky’s Gonna Honky Tonk Tonight”? Interestingly enough, the
film seems to get more competent as it goes along - as this was
Heavener’s first directorial effort, perhaps he was learning quickly on
An amazing highlight of - not the film itself- but the
TransWorld VHS tape - is a TV commercial that runs before the movie.
It’s a “special TV offer” for the Outlaw Force soundtrack, available on
cassette or LP! Remember when they used to advertise for 2-record sets
on TV with a 1-800 number and it had a blue background? Call today for
“David Heavener” at a certain
P.O. Box in Marina del Rey, CA. Now you can have such songs as “I am
the Fire” and the aforementioned Honky...right in your own home! What a
great commercial! Heavener fans (I assume they’re out there) will want
to check out the movie and commercial so get the TransWorld tape!
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty