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The Man Who Came Back (2008)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 303 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Western
  • Runtime: Canada:112 min (DVD)
  • Filming Location: Brackettville, Texas, USA
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The Man Who Came Back (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Man Who Came Back (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 303 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Western
  • Runtime: Canada:112 min (DVD)
  • Filming Location: Brackettville, Texas, USA
  • Budget: $5,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Glen Pitre
  • Stars: Eric Braeden, Billy Zane and Carol Alt
  • Original Music By: Phil Marshall   
  • Soundtrack: The Shovel
  • Plot Keyword: Warden | Greed | Discrimination | Murder | Rape

Writing Credits By:

  • Chuck Walker (screenplay)
  • Glen Pitre  writer
  • Chuck Walker  writer

Known Trivia

    Plot: A dozen years after the Civil War, former slaves go on strike at a powerful judge's plantation.  »

    Story: A dozen years after the Civil War, former slaves go on strike at a powerful judge's plantation.


    Synopsis: Featuring a star-studded cast, The Man Who Came Back is based on the Thibodaux Massacre, the second bloodiest labor strike in US history. Following the Civil War, recently freed slaves working on a Louisiana plantation are worked relentlessly but paid minimum wages. Sometimes paid only in "script," worthless money accepted only at the plantation’s overpriced store, the workers soon become indebted to plantation owners. This creates an inescapable situation for these freemen looking to gain real freedom. In an attempt to better their lives, the workers strike. This leads to massive retaliation by the most powerful men in the town including the town sheriff (Armande Assante); the preacher (Al Hayter); power-hungry Billy Duke (James Patrick Stuart) and his vigilante group of thugs. White overseer Reese Paxton (Eric Braeden) steps up to demand justice for his workers, but Dukes rage turns on Paxton and his family. Despite assistance from a Yankee attorney (Billy Zane), Paxton is convicted by Billy’s father – the corrupt Judge Duke (George Kennedy). After being sent to prison, beaten within inches of his life, and having endured merciless emotional torture, Paxton "comes back" to seek revenge.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Michelle Benoit known as co-producer
    • Stephen Bowen known as executive producer
    • Eric Braeden known as executive producer
    • Gudegast Braeden known as executive producer
    • Sam Cable known as producer
    • John Castellanos known as producer
    • Ra-Ana Gilani known as associate producer
    • Yankie Grant known as associate producer
    • Duke Meek known as assistant producer
    • Chuck Walker known as producer
    • Chuck Walker known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Eric Braeden known as Reese Paxton
    • Billy Zane known as Ezra
    • Carol Alt known as Angelique Paxton
    • James Patrick Stuart known as Billy Duke
    • Sean Young known as Kate
    • Ken Norton known as Grandpa
    • Jennifer O'Dell known as Elena
    • Peter Jason known as The Warden
    • George Kennedy known as Judge Duke
    • Armand Assante known as Amos
    • Al Hayter known as Preacher
    • Richard Jackson known as Caleb
    • Kate Clarke known as Amos' Maid
    • Rickey Atkins Jr. known as Cotton Field Worker
    • Johnny Beall known as Plantation Owner
    • Alvin Bellow known as Young Man In Love
    • Tajh Bellow known as Boy Who Kills Mean Guard
    • Barrett Kyle Blackmon known as Richmond
    • Brandie Briley known as Kate's Maid
    • Jackson Burns known as Big Guard
    • Sheila Eatmon known as Cotton Field Worker
    • Heather Fife known as Saloon Girl
    • Jon-Michael Foshee known as Lyle
    • Leigh M. Harris known as Cotton Field Worker
    • J.D. Hawkins known as Winton
    • Brady Hender known as Gabe Paxton
    • Buddy Howard known as Prisoner
    • C. Anthony Jackson known as Prison Blacksmith
    • Katina Latrell known as Judge's Maid
    • Terry Mann known as Leading Citizen
    • Stefanos Miltsakakis known as Mean Guard
    • Brenda Mireles known as Saloon girl
    • Amy Morris known as Emelia, Telegraph Op.
    • Edwin Neal known as Ugly Guard
    • Fredric L. Norris known as Bow Boy
    • Jerry Orton known as Ill prisoner
    • Jimmy Phillips known as Undertaker
    • Gianna Redeemer known as Child Field Worker
    • Russell Reynolds known as Delbert
    • Werner Richmond known as Judge Duke's Butler
    • Kathleen Rottweiler known as Screaming Lady
    • Roland Rottweiler known as Jurist / Saloon Patron
    • John Rouse known as Prisoner
    • Cynthia Elaine Shaw known as Cotton Field Worker
    • Belinda Simmons known as Grandma
    • Elie Taylor known as Cotton Field Worker
    • Leonard L. Thomas known as Junebug
    • Teddy Valdes known as Saloon Bartender
    • James Wark known as Prison Guard
    • Patience Watt known as Junebug's niece
    • Joe Williams known as Extra – slave
    • Nicholas Wayne Williams known as Teenage Boy
    • Dominique Wilson known as Bugle Boy



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Annie Cole known as assistant makeup artist
    • Abiiba S. Howell known as co-key makeup artist: Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Alt, Ms. O'Dell, Ms. Young
    • Abiiba S. Howell known as special makeup effects artist: Ms. Young
    • Linda Kunkle known as key hair stylist
    • Linda Kunkle known as key makeup artist
    • Cindy Turpin known as assistant makeup artist: Brackettville

    Art Department:

    • Toby Lister known as property manager
    • Cookie Mann known as property manager
    • Cookie Mann known as set designer
    • Roland Rottweiler known as construction supervisor




    Production Companies:

    • Company Pictures,The
    • Gudegast Braeden Productions
    • Scott Hamilton Public Relations
    • Stephen Bowen Productions

    Other Companies:

    • ABS Payroll & Production Accounting Services  payroll services
    • Border Barbecue  catering: Brackettville
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
    • Granny's Goodies  catering: Fernland
    • Mimi's Cafe'  catering: Brackettville
    • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr
    • Texcam  camera equipment provided by
    • Wow & Flutter  sound post-production


    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Eagle Films (2008) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)
    • Grindstone Entertainment Group



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • editSM

    Visual Effects by:

    • Robert S. Douglas known as digital intermediate colorist
    • Thom Obarski known as title animation
    • Thom Obarski known as visual effects

    Release Date:

    • USA 8 February 2008 (Santa Monica, California)
    • USA 9 December 2008 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for violence and sexual content



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. kelhill from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      this really is a great western, the best i have seen in a while. ifyour into the classic western revenge movie, then you cant miss thisone. set against the back drop of the end of the slave trade, one manmakes a stand and pays dearly, he then sets about seeking revenge. ithought the acting, direction and script were really good and wouldrecommend this to anyone that likes westerns. i really felt for thehero in this as he was one of the few of us that try and make a standagainst all that is bad in the world, i also liked the judges son, areal nasty piece of work and quite cowardly with it, which is usuallythe case and makes it all the more believable. as you can tell i lovedit and will be watching it again soon no doubt.

      ps. this is my first attempt at writing a review so bare with me, lol.

    2. Robert Leigh from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      Is there a classification lower than " Straight to Video "?

      How about " Straight to the $3.99 bin " ? This one may be severalgrades below even that one .

      Never mind what Armand Assante , Sean Young and George Kennedy aredoing in this movie . " Hey , it's a job " I understand that an actorneeds to work and this is the equivalent of me working at a fast foodjoint when times were tough . They probably got 75 thousand each for afew days work .

      And it only took a few days to make this " Paint by the Numbers "pseudo – western . I used to say " I never saw a Western I didn't like". Well , I can't say that any more .

      I saw how this movie would evolve in the first few minutes . Good Guy ,Bad guy , Post Slavery cruelty , Unjust murder , Righteous Indignation, Good Guy stands up for what's right , Dead family , Jail , Escape andRevenge .

      I actually rooted for the bad guys in this one I was so bored .

      Don't bother with this one . Save your bucks and rent something else .

    3. buzzbunney from sf ca.
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      This is an example of welfare for once famous actors. Poorly written,directed, and videotaped, with one dimensional caricatures, instead ofcharacters, who are used as plot pawns to advance a story that is soobvious, you see what is coming from the next county.

      I gave it a view, as I do all western type films, because it is auniquely American genre that I wish would be rediscovered by presentday film makers.

      A simple story, about a slower pace of time, doesn't have to be obviousand contrived, it can ring true and be compelling, but this effort issimply not up to the task.

    4. remittancegirl from Viet Nam
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      It's important to note that Eric Braeden had to pay dearly to star inthis film. He's the lead AND executive producer. This proves that youcan star in your own terrible film if you have enough money. Braeden isfar too old to play the lead in this film. I kept wondering if he wasjust tired or having an aneurysm.

      The actual premise of the story is fine, but the bad guys are just soutterly bad, they're wholly unbelievable. The black cast is there todie as fodder. The women are there to either be raped, brutalized orkilled, or to be the prostitute who has explicit fantasies (because youknow, abused, overworked prostitutes always spend their free timefantasizing about sex – NOT) about someone who really, really could beher grandfather.

      This is written by someone who is so completely ignorant of humannature, that they must trudge through life as an asocial lunatic. Tosay that the film is full of clichés is a tragic understatement. Theonly possible way to sell it is as a parody of a 1970's art-house film.

      I have to wonder how the vast majority of the cast allowed their namesto be put on the credits. They must all be cringing, with the exceptionof Eric Braeden who obviously felt he needed one more vehicle in whichhe imagined himself playing the taciturn, sexually potent hero beforehe kicked the bucket.

      If you're an eighty-year old guy who has fantasies about being anaction hero with a young. blonde hooker pining for you, you might likethis film. Otherwise, give it a miss.

    5. weme7292 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      On the surface it appears this had the potential to be a good movie.The setting Thibodaux, LA or Lafourche Parish where a large strike tookplace in the late 1800's. The material available to be successful butwas not used (even if the project was to be fictional). However, we endup with the common good cause stands against evil cause scenario. Theacting does not support credibility of occurrences (in the movie plotnor the historical strike). The scenes are weak and at times seem totry to portray a point but fail and at times leave the watcher withwhat does this have to do with anything. The actor's dialogs seemforced with little emotion and the action scenes are walked throughwith no fluidity or realism. The best acting in the movie is performedby the undertaker – a couple of short scenes. Can we have a refund orexchange?

    6. CKohls from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      I'm embarrassed to admit that I even rented this film, though I couldnot bear to watch it. As the crappy after effects title revealed itselfat about 5 frames per second over the first shot of the film I said tothe girl next to me, "Uh oh. That's not a good sign." I am torn withwhether or not to dignify this movie with the designation "film," as itappears to have been shot with a 1998 prosumer video camera.

      Poor, poor Billy Zane. I feel bad for everyone in this film actually.The acting, from the few scenes that I watched, looked as though itmight have been okay. It's hard to tell when the only mic used seemedto be the one that came mounted on the camera.

      I really wonder what it cost to produce this movie. I was fooledbecause the cover art of the DVD looked pretty good. Why does Hollywoodvideo even stock this thing? There should be a warning next to it."This movie was shot with a video camera!"

    7. missefc from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      This is a good example of a bad movie happening to decently goodactors. I really feel sorry for most of them and they should probablyfire their agents. I think the casting was all wrong. I mean you havesome good actors just not in the right part. The only thing good aboutthis movie was Billy Zane. Seriously. Not kidding. His character wasgood and he plays it well. Probably his best since Titanic. This couldhave been a decent movie, (and I use that phrase lightly)– but asusual Hollywood has destroyed another "western" type movie with way toomuch violence and unnecessary sex. Its the same story line, justdifferent characters, you can almost see whats coming before ithappens. Just leaves you feeling…. confused and ill. Its no wonder itwent strait to DVD.

    8. bucks13 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      First thing is first here people: If you are a movie viewer who seesany cinematography or filming that is below your average local theatershowing, and instantly dislikes the film, you won't like this one!!!Part of the problem with half of these negative reviews is they wantthis movie to be a major picture and frankly, it is not that. It's afairly independent style movie with some credible actors. You could doA LOT worse.

      Now on to the movie. The story here is, although clichéd, decent. To goalong with my previous point about not asking for more than theproduction can provide, I expect to just generally follow a movie. Idon't have to be wowed. I just wanna see a story told with some shed ofreality and I am OK. And for that, with this film I am just that, OK.It has its moments and its weaknesses. I don't care to whine or cryabout how women were mistreated in the film because it's a movie and Icould care less about its political correctness because it's obviousthe production crew didn't either. The acting here is livableespecially for an independent film. Billy Zane and James Patrick Stuartwere the reasons (along with a love of westerns) I chose to check thisone out and in their performances, I was happy. But as others havesaid, the lead was just too old. I am glad they portrayed him as morehuman than invincible but I just didn't feel like he was the right fitfor the part. Along with that, my main annoyance was with the way theyfilmed many deaths and action scenes. All of them were so choppy andcut up that it was hard to respect them at all. Which is a shamebecause honestly the rest of the production was pretty high class whenyou compare it to other independents.

      As I said though, as a person who goes into the film not expectingOscar nods, I didn't feel that I wasted my time. If you are a die-hardwestern fan or a fan of any of these actors and you can stand to feellike your watching someone accomplish the task of getting their (stillvery expensive) dream made, and not a major Hollywood production, checkthis film out.

    9. Poe-17 from usa
      30 Mar 2012, 11:45 pm

      Okay … SPOILERS I don't think any of the spoilers will "spoil" thefilm but …

      If you don't like westerns … don't watch. If you don't like revengemovies … don't watch. The Thibodaux Massacre actually happened. Thismovie was inspired by that, which means, the film bears no relationshipwith truth.

      Civil War hero re-encounters the slavery issue after the war,intervenes and things go horribly wrong. Horribly. Loses all in themost intense meaning of the word. Way stereotypicalsent-to-prison-for-the-wrong-reasons sets it up for escape and revenge(see title).

      Mr. Braeden in the title role. My wife is a fan of his soap. I am not.But because of my wife's addiction, I am "by osmosis" exposed to thecommunity. Mr. Braeden has never impressed me except as awriter/illustrator-flyfisher-movie freak (in that order)I have alwaysloved his face. His face and his "main expression" are perfect for thisfilm.

      If I wanted to sketch a face and expression that says: "I'm ten timesmore deadly than you think I am and you underestimate me"; I'd do hisface. And … that's about it for Eric. But he does it so well andthat's what his character needs in this film.

      This isn't an "time quirk" martial arts film or a typical "revengehero" film. Reese Paxton (Eric Braeden) is human. He isn't physicallysuperior. He isn't about walking into impossible situations and kickingtail (ala Chuck, Arnold, Jean Claude, etc.); he's about orchestratinghis moments. He wasn't a warrior, he was an assassin.

      It's cliché riddled, for sure, and there is a soap opera-ish element tothe whole tale; even the love of a golden-hearted whore.

      But you know what? I love films that reach for something … even ifthey miss. I guess I enjoy their "lunge" with them.

      Some of the racial stuff is scary (because it thrives into today'sundercurrent) and there's a line referring to "What bad can happen whengood people do nothing" that is slap-your-face relevant in today'sheadlines. No, this film didn't address that. A coincidence.

      Best line … "Where is Reese Preston?" And then, from off scene "I'mright here".

      Missed the mark … but only by a little bit.

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