As old-fashioned as a ten-gallon hat, this stalwart action film aptly mimics the values of classic Hollywood westerns. A man who identifies himself as the sheriff picks up a payroll at a train depot, and is shot down by a gunman (Mark Valley), who flees in a boxcar with two other desperadoes. The shooter is later tossed off the train by the others: Is he a drifter betrayed by his partners or a Good Samaritan who intervened in a payroll heist? Nursed back to health by an African-American cowpoke and preacher named Joshua (Leon Coffee), the confused stranger has no memory of his past. Joshua names him after the town where he found him: Jericho. As he accompanies Joshua to Texas, Jericho learns details of the depot robbery from some saloon gals who've been thrown out of the railway town. Although lawmen gunned down the other bad guys, they're still seeking the third mystery man. Joshua and Jericho get a job working for Pap Doolin's (Buck Taylor) outfit. The duo herd cattle, battle Mexican rustlers and pan for gold in California before settling down on their own ranch. But marauders assault Joshua's common-law wife and lynch him, and after avenging Joshua's murder Jericho vows to find answers to his past. He returns to where it all started the railway town and finds a reformed hooker who knows Jericho's true identity and confesses the truth about the robbery. In his showdown with a seven-year-old crime, will Jericho wind up vindicated or dangling from the end of a rope? This smartly tailored Western opens with a deliberately misleading prologue that implicates viewers in "Jericho"'s journey of self-discovery. Though slightly overlong, this tale of frontier justice is enlivened by well-executed action sequences.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: As old-fashioned as a ten-gallon hat, this stalwart action film aptly mimics the values of classic Hollywood westerns. A man who identifies himself as the sheriff picks up a payroll at a train depot, and is shot down by a gunman (Mark Valley), who flees in… (more)