John Sayles' study of deep-rooted racial tensions and long-buried secrets centers on a Texas sheriff (Chris Cooper), investigating a 40-year-old murder-mystery. Pilar: Elizabeth Pena. Wade: Kris Kristofferson. Del: Joe Morton. Otis: Ron Canada.
A farmer is charged with murder when the cardsharp who won his borrowed money is found dead. Kyle: Carroll O'Connor. Matt: James Arness. Festus: Ken Curtis. James: Kevin O'Neal. Doc: Milburn Stone. Wilton: Charles Kuenstle.