• Lone Star (1996)

Lone Star

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 1999

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

In the Texas border town of Frontera, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) digs up the past when he finds an old skull in the desert. As he traces the murder of Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson) 40 years earlier, Deeds' investigation points toward his late father, the much-loved Deputy Buddy Deeds. Ignoring warnings not to delve any deeper, Sam rekindles a romance with his high school sweetheart while bringing up old tensions in the town and exposing secrets long put to rest.

Cast: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Joe Morton, Ron Canada, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Miriam Colon

Director: John Sayles

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Mother , Murder , Engaging , 1950s , Mystery , Forbidden love , Suspenseful , 1990s , Father ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The performances are uncommonly fine...Lone Star isn't built to ride trends. It's built to last. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Sayles cannily blends drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a satisfying, if slightly overlong, whole. In the hands of a lesser film maker, this material could easily have degenerated into routine melodrama, but Sayles keeps it on a consistently high level. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This film is a wonder - the best work yet by one of our most original and independent filmmakers - and after it is over, and you begin to think about it, its meanings begin to flower. show more

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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)