Not sure I understand the negativity. Plays out like an epic Western and feels very authentic. Of course, this film is probably more enjoyable through the eyes of a history enthusiast (similar to Troy). Acting was great, not outstanding, but definitely great. Thornton portrayed Crockett well, and aside from Slingblade quite possibly one of his best roles. Certainly not a 29% type of movie; the talkiness and pacing may throw viewers off, but all in all its not all that detracting. Especially considering the climax as it is well shot and executed. One of the better pre-WWII films on American military history, if you ask me.