More About Crossfire Trail
Tom Selleck brings another labor of love to the small screen with the original TNT western CROSSFIRE TRAIL. Based on the novel by celebrated author Louis L'Amour, the story opens in 1880, off the coast of California. At sea, Rafe Covington (Selleck) watches his best friend Charles Rodney die, but promises him that he will return to his home turf of Wyoming to take care of his ranch and his wife. Arriving in the small town, Rafe meets the gorgeous Ann Rodney (Virginia Madsen), who is being wooed by the town's most powerful landowner, Bruce Barkow (Mark Harmon). Along with his friends "Rock" Mulaney (David O'Hara) and J. T. Langston (Christian Kane), Rafe settles on Rodney's farm, enlisting the aid of wise ranch hand Joe Gill (Wilford Brimley). When it becomes clear that Barkow is simply gunning for the Rodney ranch, Rafe stands up for his friend's good name and professes to maintain control of it. But the arrival of hired gunman Bo Dorn (Brad Johnson) threatens to ruin those plans once and for all. Selleck, who first met L'Amour during the shooting of 1979's THE SACKETS, shows his unflinching reverence for the author with this stellar adaptation, directed with extreme sensitivity by Simon Wincer (LONESOME DOVE).
Main Cast & Crew
Simon Wincer - Director
Theatrical release: January 21, 2001 (8pm). Shot on location in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. CROSSFIRE TRAIL marks the second pairing of Tom Selleck and executive producer Michael Brandman, who teamed up for 1997's LAST STAND AT SOBER RIVER, which at the time of its premiere was the most-watched basic cable movie ever. Although it is notoriously difficult to secure the rights to a Louis L'Amour novel, Selleck's close friendship with the author, as well as his wife, made it possible for him to bring CROSSFIRE TRAIL to life on screen.