Dead Man's Burden

Synopsis: A western set on the New Mexico frontier a few years after the Civil War and centered on a struggling young family and the mining company who wants to buy their land.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Jared Moshe
Production: Cinedigm
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min



(Horse Galloping)



(Horse Neighing)








This must be the

saddle bum

they damn ran off our deer.

Well, we'll be.

You do that?

You run off our deer?

Only deer that's been

through here passed that way,

about an hour ago, I reckon?

You calling me a damn liar?


Ain't one to judge a man

before I've had a chance

to meet him.

Wade McCurry.


Archie Ainsworth.

He ain't apologized

for the deer.

That there's my brother

Ben, we're out of Georgia.


Where do you hail from, Wade?


Before that?

Texas originally.

Pleasure is all mine.

And you reckon your brother

might lower his sidearm?

Ain't going to shoot a

fellow Southerner, are you Ben?

(Noise & Music)

Hood's Texans, you

know at the sight of them,

them damn Yankees just throw

down their guns,

run like a wind.

You should have seen

them at CHeckamauga.

Yellow-belied cowards,

the whole damn lot.

Running don't

make a man of coward.

Who do you serve under?

Was it Hood?

What you all boys doing now?

We're heading west.

I heard there's a strike--

Shut your trap.

I ain't got no interest

in mining.

That's like saying

you ain't got no interest

in making it rich.

Can't rightly say I do.

The fact is, I'm trying

my hand at farming.


You don't look like

no farmer I ever saw.

That's on account

of being Deputy

of Cheyenne the last two years.

Well, Deputy, you ain't

said who you served under.

I thought.

Hold it there, Ben.


We're keeping

company with a deserter.

I thought.

Under Taylor then?

Not under Taylor.

Not under Smith.

Hector or Hood neither.

I served in the

command of General Thomas.

[Background Music] Don't

know no General Thomas.

Thought you boys

said you're CHeckamauga.

Yankee traitor!

(Gunshots & Music)

(Noise & Music)



(Noise & Music)

I got to go before a judge.

Promise me, next time,

a self-respecting Southerner

asked you who you served under.

I ain't no traitor.

Next time you ought to lie.

I ain't no liar neither.

Yeah, just 'cause

you made peace

with your past don't

mean the world has.

Well, that damn well

cooled off already.


I got to go before

a judge or not?

No. It seems like

a fair fight to me.

I'll just have stovetop Charlie

bring his China man over.

Yep. You're going

to be pig food.

Yes, you are you

[inaudible] dirt.

Wade, seeing as how you

ain't been around lately.

By the by, the way [inaudible]

has been talking sounds

as though she's aiming to make

a respectful man out of you.

Thank you kindly if you'd

dispose of that for me.

Joe McCurry your Pa?

I reckon that depends on

which one of us you're asking.

Don't you think you

ought to read the thing?

Ain't as though

he read any of mine.


That's your family.


No. This man said he'd shoot

me if I ever came back to him.


This is why we have

horses in the first place.

Can't ride them all day.

Just give me a

gosh darn minute.

Sh*t. I'm starting to have

second thoughts whether you're

going to be all right

without me.

Hell Wade, you were my

Deputy, it ain't like we're kin.

I ain't your responsibility.

I told you to quit

about the damn letter.

My boy is hiding down

in Mexico on account

of a killing over a girl.

That's a hanging offense.

And yet a day don't

go by where me

and Janie [phonetic]

don't think on him.

'Cause that's the thing about

blood, Wade, ain't nothing

in this world can

truly break it.

Come on.

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Jared Moshe

Jared Moshe is an American-born director, screenwriter and producer of independent films. He wrote and directed the feature Westerns Dead Man's Burden (2012) and The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017). He has also produced the features Destricted (2006), Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2006), Low and Behold (2007), Beautiful Losers (2008), Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011), and Silver Tongues (2011). more…

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