DEER LODGE — Filmed at Bannack State Park, Harrison, Virginia City and Nevada City, the new star-studded Western from writer/director Jared Moshe, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” will be shown for two nights only at the Rialto Community Theatre in Deer Lodge. The screenings, part of the Montana Film Festival, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14.
The film is rated “R” for language and violence and runs 111 minutes. Tickets are the regular weekend prices, $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under.
When cowboy Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) witnesses the murder of his longtime partner — the newly elected Sen. Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda) — he strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend’s gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah (Diego Joseph), and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. marshal (Tommy Flanagan) to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson’s killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend’s murder.
With the tables turned, and his friend in the governor’s mansion (Jim Caviezel) refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson’s death. A thrilling and action-packed Western, this is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice. It also stars Kathy Baker and Joe Anderson.
In a previous interview, Moshe said "The Ballad of Lefty Brown" was written with actor Bill Pullman in mind to fulfill the obligation of Lefty Brown. A veteran of approximately 60 movies, Pullman has had a decades-long relationship with Montana as a resident and a rancher.