Cowboys and Angels

Of the billions of people out there, is there only one special person for you? That's the key question explored in "Cowboys and Angels," with less than satisfying results. Part "Touched by an Angel"--type mystical drama and part sentimental romance, this overly simplistic film lacks the depth of character and compelling conflict necessary to achieve significant theatrical distribution.

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With: Adam Trese, Mia Kirshner, Radha Mitchell, Hamilton Von Watts, Carmen Llywellyn, Steve Lisk, Duane Stephens, Alissa Rice, Melissa Pace-Diamond, Charlie Paddock, Matt Falcone, Jennifer Sanderson, David Stevens, Rob Diamond, Justin Zaccharia, Eugenio A. Cumba, Elizabeth Lund, Wendy Webber, Amy Roi, Will Ferrer, Luke Reichle.

Of the billions of people out there, is there only one special person for you? That’s the key question explored in “Cowboys and Angels,” with less than satisfying results. Part “Touched by an Angel”–type mystical drama and part sentimental romance, this overly simplistic film lacks the depth of character and compelling conflict necessary to achieve significant theatrical distribution. Though handsomely shot, content-wise this project has the feel of a C-level telepic.

Film centers on Danny (Adam Trese), a heartbroken lawyer and wannabe cowboy in search of true love. Having been dumped by his fiancee a day before their wedding, he’s still in a serious funk when he meets the flirtatious Jo Jo (Radha Mitchell) at his best friend’s wedding. But the enigmatic blond beauty pulls away just as they appear to be heading toward serious romance. This makes Danny doubly wary when he meets the fetching, down-to-earth Candice (Mia Kirshner). Unfortunately, sorting out Danny’s muddled romantic feelings in a moving and meaningful manner is something that escapes writer-director Gregory C. Haynes. An overabundance of on-the-nose dialogue, hackneyed humor and bland characters make “Cowboys and Angels” a tough sell.

Cowboys and Angels

Production: A Smokin' Dawgs release. Produced by Greggory B. Peck, Kathryn Arnold. Directed, written by Gregory C. Haynes.

Crew: Camera (color), Kramer Morgenthau; editor, Rocco DeVilliers; music, Steve Edwards; main theme, Frank Fitzpatrick; production designer, Katherine Vallin; costume designer, Luke Reichle; casting, Actors Gang Studio. Reviewed at L.A. Independent Film Festival, April 15, 2000. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: With: Adam Trese, Mia Kirshner, Radha Mitchell, Hamilton Von Watts, Carmen Llywellyn, Steve Lisk, Duane Stephens, Alissa Rice, Melissa Pace-Diamond, Charlie Paddock, Matt Falcone, Jennifer Sanderson, David Stevens, Rob Diamond, Justin Zaccharia, Eugenio A. Cumba, Elizabeth Lund, Wendy Webber, Amy Roi, Will Ferrer, Luke Reichle.

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