Subtle and dignified retelling of the western myth
In the years since seeing this movie at the theater, i have been dumbfounded by the negative responses to it when it comes up in conversation. but then i realize, much of the moviegoing populace generally wants movies that create and preserve their fantasies, not those that deconstruct myths and challenge their thinking. what amazes me in retrospect is that such a brilliant and subtle movie like this could have been such a hit at the time. its staying power will always be as a historic retelling of the classic western in such a way to make it impossible to see the old ones the same way again.