A clear case of false advertising here. More of a family film than a western. At no point do pistols do any talking. And when some descriptions of the film refer to McCrea as a 'gun-toting preacher' you kind of hope that, well, there would be a little gun-toting. Especially when you have someone as slimy as Ed Begley as a prospective heavy.
But no, the film chooses another route. One where it became reminiscent of the novels I was assigned in grade school. A boy's coming of age in a world full of 50s style moralizing. The performances are good all around but the movie is mostly a bore. And the overt religiousness makes it feel as subtle as a modern faith-based movie.
Considering I've been wanting to see this for a while it's a massive disappointment.
Still love McCrea though.