Question: You say in your review that Broken Trail "ranks among the best [TV-movies] I've seen in years." Another rave review by Mike Flaherty was in the same issue. Who wrote this incredible script? Why are writers not included in your praise? Thank you from the wife of a retired TV/film writer (of many Westerns).
Answer: Thank you. And mea culpa. Space in the magazine precluded me from mentioning more credits beyond the stars and the director, Walter Hill, but your comment reminded me of William Holden's great line from the classic movie Sunset Blvd.: "Audiences don't know somebody sits down and writes a picture. They think the actors make it up as they go along." To give credit where it's due, the teleplay was written by Alan Geoffrion, who also wrote the novel. (He developed the story with his friend Robert Duvall, who gives an Emmy-worthy performance as Print Ritter.) Let me use this as an excuse to plug the movie again. Broken Trail airs Sunday and Monday on AMC. If you lov ...read more