'Lone Star' rates 4 stars At a glance

October 18, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Interwoven story arcs, shifting time-lines, fine acting and quiet dignity combine to make writer-director John Sayles' "Lone Star" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., Showtime) a don't-miss.

Chris Cooper plays Sam Deeds, sheriff of the Texas border town of Frontera. When a decades-old skeleton is found by the nearby Army post, Deeds' job is to find out who it was. He soon suspects it's the remains of Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson), a pretty nasty sort who vanished 40 years before -- to be replaced as chief law-keeper by Deeds' father, Buddy (Matthew McConaughey, seen in flashback), who became one of the town's most beloved citizens.

The question the younger Deeds has to face and answer is: Did his father kill Wade?

Sayles, one of America's most talented filmmakers, uses "Lone Star" not simply to tell a story, but to look at such issues as race, law vs. power and whether America really is (or wants to be) a melting pot.

Wonderful stuff.

Pub Date: 10/18/97

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