Never Grow Old
Emile Hirsch and John Cusack star in Ivan Kavanagh's Western about an outlaw who takes over a frontier town. Cusack is Dutch Albert, a quintessential bad guy who figures prominently in Ivan Kavanagh's old-fashioned Western Never Grow Old. Hirsch also gives a powerful performance as the film's hero, Patrick Tate, an Irish immigrant who has settled in the Oregon territory with his French wife and their two young daughters. Patrick works as an undertaker, normally a lucrative profession in the untamed Wild West. But business is down since the fire-and-brimstone Preacher Pike has banned alcohol, prostitution and gambling, three things that pretty much guarantee a steady stream of bodies to bury.
Patrick's fortunes change dramatically with the arrival of Dutch Albert and his gang. Dutch buys the local hotel and turns it into a well-stocked brothel. Initially Patrick goes along, doing his best to keep to himself. But as the town becomes transformed into a hellhole of violence and moral corruption, Patrick feels compelled to take action…
“A lean and gritty western shot in Connemara… Kavanagh’s film borrows somewhat in tone from Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, but is very nicely made and Cusack is very enjoyable as the soft-spoken villain.” - Paul Whitington, The Independent