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Kevin Sorbo’s “Shadow on the Mesa” – A Good Old-Fashioned Western!

Greetings, everyone, I am trying so diligently to catch up with your excellent stories and artwork. My humblest apologies for my tardiness. Please don’t be offended if I post some stuff out of order… I’m just trying to keep up with Kevin, and as we all know, he is an amazingly busy guy!

To that end, here is Rhonda’s review of Kevin’s excellent film, “Shadow on the Mesa.”  I think the artwork is from our good friend Malena, but I’m not sure.

DDASWithout further adieu, here is Rhonda’s review:

“Shadow on the Mesa” – A Good Old-Fashioned Western!

I grew up watching westerns, and Kevin’s latest (film), “Shadow on the Mesa,” took me back to those days in a big way. Kevin doesn’t play the hero here, although he is a good guy by Western (film) standards, his character, Ray Eastman, is a rancher fighting to keep his land.

The man who wants it, Peter Dowdy, played superbly by Greg Evigan, is in cahoots with Ray’s wife, Mona (played by Gail O’Grady), to achieve his goal. Things take a shocking turn when a young bounty hunter, Wes Rawlins (Wes Brown), shows up at the ranch with news that will stun Ray – (that) his first wife, Mary, who he believed had been dead for 30 years, had been alive until her recent murder.

At first, Ray thinks this is some sort of con game until Wes shows him the locket he gave Mary years earlier. Later, as the war for Ray’s land heats up, he learns that Wes is the son he never knew he had. Wes joins up with Ray and his two new-found siblings, Chuck and Rosalie, to defend their land.

Without giving too much away, you can look for an old-fashioned shoot out.SXDAS

I really loved Kevin’s performance here, especially when Ray finds out that Wes is his son. The emotions he showed were extremely powerful and illustrated the love he had for Mary and his regret that he never got to be a father to Wes as he was to his two other children. However, as Wes gets to know his father and siblings, he comes to appreciate and love them, although he never actually said it.

Of the three westerns Kevin has done, this is the first one where he doesn’t ride a horse or wagon. Ray was thrown by a horse and ended up with a bum leg, so he limps most of the time. The frustration at not being able to defend his land and his family more than he does shows on his face. I thought it was quite comical when Mona called her husband, “Old Man,” and he responded by saying, “I’ll still have a few good years left in me, woman,” or something close to that. I think it was evidence of the chemistry between Kevin and Gail… the two had known each other for a long time and worked together very well.

This story and the characters were very believable, and gave us a look into what people of that day had to endure to keep their homes and family together. If you get the chance to see it, you will enjoy it very much.

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  1. May 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Hi Jan,
    great Review! Its a wonderful Movie and a fantastic Kevin

  2. rhondagemini
    May 17, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for posting my review! It’s an honor to see it here!

  3. teresa
    May 20, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Its a wonderful Movie and a fantastic Kevin

  4. Anne
    May 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks, Rhonda, for your insights. Unfortunately, I can’t afford the Hallmark Movie Channel; it’s digital access only where I live. Dave Cass, Sr., the director, did a great job with “Avenging Angel,” but was hampered (IMO) in “Prairie Fever” with having a co-director, and the post-production editing; it sounds like he did an excellent job this time.

    Hopefully, “Shadow on the Mesa” will be on DVD in the near future.

  5. Lee Martin
    September 26, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Hi, Kevin, from Lee Martin, screenwriter on SHADOW ON THE MESA. Thank you for being so gracious during our visit to the set and for the tremendous work you did to make it a great film. It won the 2013 Wrangler Award given by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for best Western television movie. It was the 2nd highest rated and 2nd most watched original movie in Hallmark Movie Chyannel’s history.

  6. October 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi, from Lee Martin, screenwriter on SHADOW ON THE MESA. Just to let you know the movie is still showing on PIXL channel (next, Oct. 26 and 27) and on UTube. Waiting to learn when it will show again on Hallmark Movie Channel. Waiting on news of my novel Shadow on the Mesa. So proud of this movie. Thanks again for making it so popular. Best, Lee Martin

  7. Lee Martin
    November 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Hi, Kevin, I’m sure you already know that SHADOW ON THE MESA release date on DVD is 12/17/13. It’s already for sale on AMAZON and other sites!!! Best, Lee Martin

  8. Lee Martin
    November 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi, Kevin, you can assure your fans that the DVD for SHADOW ON THE MESA, being released December 17, 2013, will not have music overpowering the dialogue. That was a broadcast imbalance. Very proud of your performance and the movie. Best, Lee Martin

  9. November 27, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Hi, Kevin, MOVIE GUIDE and DOVE FOUNDATION have given great reviews to SHADOW ON THE MESA. Also, my novel, on which I based my screenplay, has been accepted for publication. Details later. Best, Lee Martin

  10. Lee Martin
    December 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hi, everyone, just a reminder that SHADOW ON THE MESA with Kevin is being released on DVD December 17, 2013 and will be in stores. A great gift.
    Lee Martin, screenwriter.

  11. Lee Martin
    December 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Hi, Kevin, the novel SHADOW ON THE MESA on which I based my screenplay will be published by FIVE STAR PUBLISHING, slated for December, 2014. Advance ordering info will be forthcoming. The novel is the original, complete story and has more than one romance. Yours, as a widower, is with a beautiful Mexican widow with five little boys.
    As you know, it’s a long way from novel to script to screen.
    DVD looks and sounds great! Best, Lee Martin

  12. January 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hi, Kevin, from Lee Martin, screenwriter/novelist:

    SHADOW ON THE MESA, novel, will be published this fall by FIVE STAR PUBLISHING, a part of GALE.

    Ordering information: MN_131SBN:

    Shadow on the Mesa Martin, Lee hard cover 9781432829629
    Shadow on the Mesa Martin, Lee e Book 9781432829759

    More information at:



  13. January 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Hi, Kevin, Hi, from Lee Martin. SHADOW ON THE MESA DVD selling fast on AMAZON. I also received the catalog from Critics Choice Video which has it for sale as well. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800 367-7765. Or at http://www.ccvideo.com

  14. March 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Hi, Kevin, Shadow on the Mesa repeats on Hallmark Movie Channel next Monday March 10 at 11 AM ET. Great reviews continue on Amazon. com. Best, Lee Martin, Screenwriter.

  15. Michael Ray
    July 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent Western – closest thing I’ve ever seen a movie come across like the great novels I’ve read by Louis L’Amour, Elmer Kelton, and Luke Short. Long on acting without constant dialogue and excessive violence. This is the way ALL Westerns should be made. I’m not familiar with the director or the screenplay writer, but they sure batted 1.000 on this one.

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