|Directed by||Steve Miner|
|Produced by||Frank Price
|Narrated by||James Coburn|
|Starring||James Van Der Beek
Rachael Leigh Cook
|Music by||Trevor Rabin|
|Editing by||Gregg Featherman
Peter Devaney Flanagan
|Distributed by||Dimension Films
|Release date(s)||November 30, 2001|
|Running time||Original cut
Ten years after the Civil War has ended, the Governor of Texas asks Leander McNelly (Dylan McDermott) to recommission a company of Rangers to help uphold the law along the Mexican border. Aside from a few seasoned veterans, the recruits are young men who have little or no experience with guns or policing crime. The antagonist of the story is John King Fisher (Alfred Molina) who is stealing cattle from Texas cattle barons like Richard Dukes and Victor Logan and driving them into Mexico, where he sells them to the Mexican army.
After McNelly and his men pursue Fisher for a while, they fall into a trap, where many of the young and ill-trained Rangers are killed. Defeated and low on morale, the men fall back to a ranch house and attempt to set up an ambush for Fisher. After being double crossed by a woman (perhaps unwittingly), the rangers remain one step behind Fisher and his men. Two of the Rangers follow Fisher and his men to the Mexican border, where they wait for the rest of their company. Once the entire Ranger force arrives, they plan their final attack. In a final gun-slinging showdown, the Rangers face off against Fisher and his men that will either tip the state of the border country in the direction of either chaos or justice.
The film's source was the book Taming of the Neuces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers by George Durham.
The film is loosely based on the activities of Leander H. McNelly and the Special Force of the Texas Rangers, but it takes considerable liberties with the historical record (McNelly is shown dying of tuberculosis shortly after the climax of the action, when in real life he had retired from the Rangers the year before; John King Fisher was not actually killed by the Rangers, but came to an agreement with them).
While filmed in 1999, it was not released until 2001.