December 10, 2023 | Rome, Italy

Lone Star

By |2018-03-21T18:30:10+01:00March 14th, 2005|Reviews|


Date: 1995

Director: John Sayles

Starring: Chris Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Elizabeth Peña, Frances McDormand


riter-director John Sayles (“Sunshine State,” “City of Hope”) is like David Mamet in that he can’t get enough of good sentences His characters can wean you away from plot. Not so here. Bits of bone found by chance near a Mexican border town open an engaging exploration of ethnicity, identity, bigotry, and murder. The bones belong to one-time Sheriff Buddy Deeds, played in flashbacks by Matthew McConaughey. His son and current Sheriff Sam Deeds (the excellent, underrated Chris Cooper) must reckon with his father’s controversial legacy. Teacher Pilar Cruz (Elizabeth Peña) is the movie’s Mexican conscience as Sam peels the layers off Texas and his father’s murder. Sayles also gives Frances McDormand a 10-minute chance to steal the show as Sam’s alcoholic sister Bunny.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.