Rated: R Reviewed by: Chris Release date: April 22, 1994 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Westerns are popular again, and the same formula has worked for decades. This film adds a different slant on that story by adding women as the bad guys.
Madeleine Stowe (Cody), Drew Barrymore (Lily), Andie MacDowell (Eileen), and Mary Stewart Masterson (Anita), four beautiful women, play prostitutes who work above a Colorado saloon.
Cody, the strong willed of the group, kills a drunken bully when he manhandles Anita, the weakest of the girls. The townspeople quickly put up a noose, without benefit of a trial, glad to be rid of their "kind." But, Cody's coworkers mount their horses and buckboards and free her just as she's about to be lynched. In fact, these girls repeatedly have to rescue each other from either jail, kidnapping or being killed.
Both a posse and the Pinkerton detectives are after the fugitives, who amazingly, either by their good looks or dumb luck, narrowly escape.
AThe story takes on a darker side once Cody meets up with an old lover, bank robber Kid Jarrett (James Russo). He's a sadistic loser who enjoys beating women for kicks. The climactic shoot-out is between Jarrett's gang and the women, who are pretty handy with a gun.
The action scenes are well photographed and the gang's hideout, a Mexican-style adobe with a large courtyard, lends itself to some interesting backdrops using the bright sunlight and dark shadows for contrast.
The characters have individual personalities and the women seem comfortable riding and shooting. But, the script is too implausible to be enjoyable.