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Sweetwater, starring Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs
Sweetwater, starring Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs

The long shadows of directors Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino hang over Sweetwater while the quirky little Western hits the mark with a satisfying revenge fantasy.

Identical twins Logan and Noah Miller’s Sweetwater reportedly took years to produce and release before getting a tepid reception at this years Sundance Festival in January. It stars Ed Harris, trading his trademark crew cut for some very long hair extensions, and January Jones, in a variety of dress and undress, going up against a creepy religious maniac with multiple wives.

The creepy religious maniac is played by Jason Isaacs, he of the long black hair and blue eyes, who played a creepy educator Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise.

Jones, of AMC’s Mad Men, does an understated turn as an ex-prostitute (with a heart of gold, naturally) victimized by Isaacs and Isaacs’ friends among the townsfolk gentry. Harris is an eccentric lawmaker imposed on the town by a governor unhappy with the disappearance of some family members.

Harris literally dances into the movie, accompanied by a band, and dispatches the corrupt and ineffectual existing sheriff with a brutal beating lifted right out of A Clockwork Orange.

As with any movie nodding to Mr. Tarantino’s narrative tradition, the body count is large. Jones and Harris are able to dispatch a host of bad guys quickly and with precision, just the thing when you are lusting for a little well-deserved retribution.

The movie was filmed in New Mexico and allegedly features an old-west version of Tucumcari, the tiny New Mexico city perhaps best known as one of the four towns starting with the letter “t” featured in a Little Feat song, “Willin’” (“I’ve been from Tuscon to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah…”).

Which reminds me that Nevada, with its proximity to religious maniacs with multiple wives, would have been a good place to shoot this movie, but maybe next time.

SWEETWATER, Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, directed by Logan Miller, rated R, 95 mins. Opens Friday.