Dawn Rider

DVD Release: May 29, 2012
Dawn Rider


John Mason (Christian Slater) arrives in town in the middle of his father’s store being robbed. After his father is fatally shot by one of the gunmen, Mason vows to avenge his death and is willing to turn the world inside out to find the man responsible. What he doesn’t know is that the killer might be in his own house.

Dove Review

This western features a decent story. John Mason (Christian Slater) is misunderstood during an event in a saloon, and he is pursued by a lawman named Cochrane (Donald Sutherland). Mason heads home to see his father, a man he doesn’t get along with very well. Still, he is reaching out to his father when a robbery occurs that results in his father’s death. Mason is determined to find the killer. Viewers learn before Mason does that the head of the gang is a man named Rudd (Lochlyn Munro), who is brother of Alice (Jill Hennessy), the woman he loves. Rudd and Mason happen to be great friends to boot. The plot features typical western fare with shoot-outs, saloon fights, and a showdown at the end. However, the ending contains a bit of a surprise and is a satisfying conclusion to the movie.

Regrettably, the movie contains a lot of strong language, in addition to violence, and we are unable to award it our Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Implied sex on a few occasions by an unmarried couple; passionate kissing; saloon girl goes upstairs with a man; innuendo about a woman giving some away.
Language: A lot of language including GD and JC, the F bomb several times, as well as other strong uses of language.
Violence: Several scenes of violence including people being shot and blood spilled; people die from gunshot wounds; guns held on people; fist fighting; corpses are laid out; man hit with rifle.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes including beer and bourbon, and man seen with a flask; smoking cigars in several scenes.
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage.
Other: Betrayal; robbery; tension and arguments between characters.


Company: Cinedigm
Director: Terry Miles
Genre: Western
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter