Two famous Hollywood names, Zane and Eastwood, helped producer Jeffery Patterson score a hat trick (the hockey kind, not the cowboy kind), winning two awards at the International Family Film Festival this month in Hollywood, California. Patterson won the Best Feature Drama award for Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink, and the Pearl Award, given to the film that “best exemplifies the purity and enduring strength of the family bond” for Finding Harmony.
Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink is a western in the classic Hollywood tradition, pre-Wild Bunch and Unforgiven, which tells a tale of twins torn apart at an early age and reunited 30 years later. That reunion reveals that one is a marshal and the other an outlaw, but they both have something they have to take care of as a family. The marshal, played by Jeffery Patterson, finds himself torn between loyalty to the law and loyalty to family.
The film has all the classic elements of old-time westerns – train and stagecoach robberies, a rowdy bar, shootouts in the street, a colorful band of outlaws, and a heartless villain. It also included a bit of a libertarian streak, with a corrupt governor and a secret service agent, played by CSI: Miami’s Rex Linn, more interested in getting an arrest than seeing justice done.
I particularly enjoyed watching the character Sence Soto, a sharp-shooting bandita, played with attitude and flare by Mirelly Taylor (Lost). Her character, and most of the others in this film, cried out for a little more backstory. Screenwriters Terry Luce, Dustin Rikert, and Matthew Gratzner should re-watch all the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino films. Maybe we’ll see that in Hot Bath an’ a Stiff Drink 2, currently in post.
– Blog Critics
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