When a preacher (Kevin Sorbo) defends a local town from greedy land-barons, his church is destroyed and his family is killed. Now known simply as “The Preacher,” he picks up his long-forgotten gun, leaves town, and heads out into the desert to begin a new life as a bounty hunter. Returning years later, he discovers his town has been overrun by the same scoundrels who destroyed his quiet existence. The Preacher can no longer stand by and watch as innocent people suffer the same fate as he. Justice must be served.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this film when it started, but it won me over. A preacher of a little humble church is ministering to his flock, when a family races in for sanctuary.They are being chased by villains. A certain powerful man wants them and others off his land and he is willing to kill them. It is questionable as to whether the land belongs to him or not, as he plainly cheats some future landowners by selling them land and never handing over a bill of receit or deed. The church is destroyed and the preacher loses his family. He turns bounty hunter, but the story becomes interesting as he defends the weak and he never takes life without first being shot at. He eventually meets the man behind the death of his family. There is some violence (after all, it IS a western) but it is not gratuitous. Kevin Sorbo and Nick Chinlund, as well as Cynthia Watros, all give strong performances. He also meets a woman with whom he might have a future. There is some question in the preacher’s mind as to whether he is seeking revenge or justice. One sees some hope for the preacher by film’s end. It was nice to see a well-written western which didn’t rely on over-the-top violence. We award our Dove Seal to this picture.