Wildside

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ABC (ended 1985)

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Wildside

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"Into a lawless land, they brought their own style of justice. Five men, one mission - the Chamber of Commerce of Wildside!" This short-lived series revolved around the five members of the "Chamber of Commerce of Wildside". Four of them were former outlaws (the fifth was the governor). Along with the sharpshooters' son, the five of them would venture out on the behest of their friend the governor to fight outlaws that plagued the burgeoning state of California. The Chamber of Commerce consisted of: Brodie Hollister. Brodie was an expert sharpshooter, capable of disarming a man at 50 paces with a single shot, or shooting off an opponent's trigger finger. Brodie was also good at raising horses and ran a stable and corral for breeding horses. Sutton Holister. Sutton inherited his father's weapon skills. His mother took him East when his father Brodie turned to outlawing, and Sutton was taught at several expensive academies. He returned to Wildside after his mother's death to reconcile with Brodie. Besides being an expert sharpshooter, Sutton was a talented swordsman and horserider, and worked with Brodie in the horse-raising business. Bannister Sparks. An explosives expert of African-American descent, Bannister ran the Wildside Emporium and liked to play the part of the rich merchant. He favored small explosive charges that he lit with his ever-present cigar and could throw them with amazing accuracy for best placement. Varges de la Cosa. A Mexican, Varges was an expert with knives and bolos, and hated guns. Ironically, he ran a gunshop in Wildside - just because he didn't like guns didn't mean he couldn't recognize a fine piece of work. Prometheus Jones. A gentle-hearted man despite his original profession, Jones favored the lariat but used a shotgun when necessary (typically against inanimate objects). The shotgun was rarely necessary, as Prometheus was the group's strongman. He was also a skilled veterinarian and ran the town's vet office. Each week the five would fight some kind of rather atypical menace, from a renegade band of Crimean cavalry, to a weapons expert who developed an automatic machine-pistol, to a gang that used flame-pistols as part of an arson racket.moreless
Sandy McPeak

Sandy McPeak

J. Wendell Summerhayes

Howard Rollins

Howard Rollins

Bannister Sparks

J. Eddie Peck

J. Eddie Peck

Sutton Hollister

William Smith (I)

William Smith (I)

Brodie Hollister

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

Cally Oaks

John D'Aquino

John D'Aquino

Varges de la Cosa

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A classic on all fronts. "Wildside" totally takes its place as one of the top ten best Westerns of all time. You will be taken by the depth of emotion, the smart dialogue, quirky, totally original characters, the humor, and best of all, the production valmoreless

    10
    Wildside is a winner on all fronts. A must have DVD for anyone who loves Mom, Apple Pie and guys who say lines like: "Do me a favor, even up my notches!". I'm always amazed how dumb people are. It seems that Hollywood always picks the wrong people to do a western, and then when they muck it up, everyone yells and screams and says : "you see, no one wants to see a western!". It's not that they don't want to see a western... they don't want to see a fake and/or BAD western! But when it's done right, when there is a single vision, when the people involved obviously live and breath the classic western, then sparks fly and great art, if not downright perfect entertainment is born! Look at Dances With Wolves, or The Unforgiven and you'll know what I mean. The same is true of this Mini-Series, Wildside. Not since Sergio Leone himself (which this show obviously tips its hat and gives great homage to), has anyone defined the west so perfectly, so authentically, and with such skill and most important love. Brilliantly shot, Wildside is a feast for the eyes, as well as for the mind and soul. The dialogue throughout has that poetic breeziness, which, only those that truly understand the western will understand. It is, after all, the American Icon, a time and place that personified, more than anything, American's brash, fresh, optimistic sense of right against wrong, of all man's ability to succeed if they are righteous and work hard. Of large-than-life heroes, who seem to be blessed, if not born with a determination to make good the concept that all men are created equal, that we all have the right, if not the privilege of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Maybe I'm going a bit overboard, but these qualities are what make great American Art, and make the western great. And what make this truly wonderful video great! From the quirky (renegade British Crimean Horsemen travel to America to intimate settlers out of their oil rights), to the sublime (a heartfelt, bittersweet and mature themed piece about the serendipity of death); Wildside delivers. The level of acting is staggering, especially from the very young Meg Ryan, and Howard Rollins, and from the legendary William Smith (the great character actor from Rich Man, Poor Man, the Clint Eastwood Movies, and a trillion other places... and not to be confused with Will Smith of the Wild Wild West disaster), to Wrestling Legend Terry Funk, to a whole plethora of guest stars. Take extra care to watch the attention to detail, especially in the close-ups, and the fact that although there are more than enough explosions and shoot-outs to satisfy any action-adventure seeker, the violence is cleverly subdued. This is not about violence. What seems to permeate through the entire Mini-Series is a true love of the triumph of the human spirit. Not to mention great amounts of humor! You like these people. You love having them in your living room. You trust them, and you respect them. And God... how rare is that these days? And where is creator/writer/producer/director Tom Greene today,a nd why isn't he making more Westerns!?moreless

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