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Blind Justice (1994)

Canaan, a mysterious gunfighter left nearly blind from Civil War combat, roams through Mexico with a baby he has sworn to protect. On his way to a town where a family will supposedly adopt ... See full summary »

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Richard Spence

Writer:

Daniel Knauf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Canaan
Elisabeth Shue ... Caroline
Robert Davi ... Alacran
Adam Baldwin ... Sgt. Hastings
Ian McElhinney ... Father Malone
Danny Nucci ... Roberto
M.C. Gainey ... Bull
Titus Welliver ... Sumner
Jack Black ... Private
Michael O'Neill ... Spencer Heyman
Douglas Roberts ... Capt. Teller
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Luis (as Gary Cervantes)
Jesse Dabson ... Pvt. Wilcox
Stanton Davis Stanton Davis ... Officer
Jimmy Herman ... Shaman
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Canaan, a mysterious gunfighter left nearly blind from Civil War combat, roams through Mexico with a baby he has sworn to protect. On his way to a town where a family will supposedly adopt the baby, Canaan passes through a border town where U.S. Cavalry officers assigned to deliver a shipment of silver are under attack from bandits. With some reluctance, Canaan steps in to help the soldiers. Written by Ronos

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Justice isnt only blind.. Its Deadly. See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic western violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canaan's Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Elements of the film's story and main character were inspired by the DC comic book "Jonah Hex". It's a story of a deformed ex-confederate soldier who works as a bounty hunter. See more »

Goofs

Canaan carries two Colt Single Action Army 6-shot revolvers, which carry a maximum of six rounds each. However, in one shooting scene, he fires eight shots from one pistol, then draws the other and fires only four rounds. He then states that the second revolver is empty. See more »

Quotes

Canaan: You're a wise man.
Ernie Fowler: Ain't so... I'm a bartender.
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Offbeat Western about a strange blind gunfighter caring a baby and taking on a nasty bandit named Alacran
11 June 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A blind gunman roams through Mexico carrying a baby and seeks vengeance against a cruel Mexican outlaw and hoodlums . TV Western filmed in location and deals with a Blindman who arrives in a town ravaged by bandits . The gunfighter enemy is Alacran and his gang who terrorize themselves the villagers . There appears Canaan ( Armand Assante) , a mysterious gunslinger left nearly blind from Civil War combat at the battle of Antietam . At the beginning Canaan rescues a man from bandits , he then passes through a border town where Union Cavalry officers (led by Adam Baldwin) assigned to deliver a load of silver are under attack from brutal outlaws . With some reluctance, Canaan steps in to help the soldiers . Later on , Clay is imprisoned by the bandit Alacran (Robert Davi) and also townsfolk is living in terror of his band . In the middle of these two waring parties is a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Shue) who helps and heals Canaan . The gunfighter enters the town caught between two feuding factions, a nasty U.S. officer and a gang of Mexican bandits attempting to take the shipment , and is caught up in a struggle against them . But here is a problem however, Canaan is blind.

The film packs violence , shootouts , high body-count , continuous flashbacks about Civil War , and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . There is plenty of action in the movie , guaranteeing some shoot'em up or stunts every few minutes . It's an exciting western with breathtaking showdown between the starring Armand Assante and his enemies , Robert Davi , Danny Nucci , among others . The movie contains gun-play, action Western , thrills and bloody spectacle . Screenplay with interesting premise about a 'blind gunfighter' though its origin results to be a Japanese series starred by ¨Zaitochi¨, a blind swordsman from the 60s and being recently remade by Takeshi Kitano . This interesting theme about a blind gunslinger is also treated in other films such as ¨The Blindman¨ by Ferdinando Baldi with Tony Anthony and Ringo Starr , ¨An eye for eye¨ by Michael Moore with Robert Lansing and ¨Minessota Clay¨ with Cameron Mitchell , directed by Sergio Corbucci . An interesting casting full of usual Titus Welliver , M.C.Gainey and brief appearance by then unknown Jack Black . Special mention to Robert Davi in his ordinary role as a cruelly baddie , he is terrific, and bears a hysterical and mocking aspect , subsequently he would play similar characters . The movie gets the ordinary Western issues, such as avengers antiheroes , violent facing off , quick scenes and exaggerated baddies . It's an improbable blending of standard Western with pursuits, high body-count and it's fast moving and quite entertaining . Mediocre cinematography by Jack Conroy, but is necessary a perfect remastering , being the copy washed-out .

Direction by Richard Spence (New world disorder ,Brookside , Different for girls) is well crafted, here he is more cynical and violent and less inclined toward humor and packs too much action . Spence makes a nice camera work with clever choreography on the showdown , fighting , moving shootouts and bemusing scenes . It's an outlandish , surprising and uneven story but will appeal to Western aficionados . Rating : 5,5 , riotous Western in which there's too much action and violence and excitement enough .


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