By Michael Sauter
Updated July 21, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Director Pullman also plays the Gary Cooper role in the take on the classic Western, The Virginian, and as a ranch foreman sorrowfully meting out frontier justice, he makes his own mark. As a filmmaker, though, his trigger finger isn’t so steady. Whenever these cowboys ride into action, Pullman tries so hard for poetry in motion that he has trouble keeping the story straight. C+