The Outsider (2002 film)

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The Outsider
The Outsider (2002 film).jpg
Directed by Randa Haines
Produced by Darryl Sheen
Written by Penelope Williamson (book)
Jenny Wingfield (teleplay)
Starring Timothy Daly
Naomi Watts
Music by Todd Boekelheide
Cinematography Ben Nott
Edited by Lisa Bromwell
Production
  company
Coote Hayes Productions
Distributed by DEJ Productions
Release date(s) 10 November 2002
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Outsider is a 2002 Western film starring Tim Daly and Naomi Watts. The film is based on Penelope Williamson's novel. Similar to Angel and the Badman where John Wayne plays a wounded outlaw who is sheltered by a Quaker family.

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The Western, The Outsider, takes place in Montana of the late 19th century. Wounded outlaw Johnny Gault (Tim Daly) is given refuge by widowed sheep farmer Rebecca Yoder (Naomi Watts). This puts Rebecca on the outs with her own people, a pacifist Amish sect. They incur the wrath of a ruthless cattle baron who wants the Amishs' land. He was also responsible for the death of Rebecca's husband.[1]

The two enter into a relationship which is forbidden since he is an "outsider" from their religion and way of life. She is shunned from the fold until she is ready to confess her sins from this illicit union and be forgiven. She decides she must go back to her old way of living. When the time comes for her to do so, she is not able to walk away from her new life with Johnny. She leaves the meeting that had been set up and runs back to Johnny.

In an attempt to help Johnny in a shoot out, during which Johnny kills also the cattle baron, Rebecca is hit by an enemy's bullet. She eventually recovers and they (presumably) live happily ever after as they ride off (into the sunset).

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