Gone Are the Days

Synopsis: 1908. In the fading twilight of the Old West, Taylon Flynn, a once feared outlaw now forgotten and rendered obsolete by the passage of time, wastes away in virtual anonymity on a decrepit ranch. Unable to reconcile the man he was with the man he has become, he summons an old accomplice for one last ride in a desperate attempt to seek redemption for the error of his ways; a daughter he abandoned, a friend he left for dead, and a wife brutally murdered for his crimes. Determined to extract his revenge with boots on and guns blazing, Taylon's vengeance ride is quickly derailed by the ruthless boss of a dying mining town and a legendary lawman harboring a dark secret. With his last chance at redemption rapidly escaping, Taylon must confront the inner demons he purged long ago and truly atone for his past sins in order to save his soul and the one thing in life that he truly loves.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Mark Landre Gould
Production: Oculi Entertainment
99 min


Go now!

Stay put.

Here you go.

One more.

- Virgil?

- No. It's Dr. Jenkins.

You get some rest.

I'll leave you that bottle

but you go easy on it.

I'll bring the priest in a few days.

Son of a b*tch.

I don't know what to name that one.


Son of a b*tch.


I gotta get out of here.

When I...



You look like a rotten weed.

- What?

- You heard me, Taylon.

You're a rotten weed.


Of course.

Now put that misfiring piece of sh*t away.

But I... thought...

You thought what?


My Lord.

It's all mine. Yeah.

How's Tantrum?

She's the best horse north

of the Mexicans.

That's good. Still ride him?

No, I walk him. That's all.

Doctor tells me I'm at the end

of my trail.

I think he's right.

But I am not going out like this.

Not a chance. Not here.

So? What'll it be?

I'm thinking about a bank.

A particular bank, I'm assuming.

Yeah. The very one.

But we need to do it right this time.

Jake still there?

Well, all right, then.

Gonna put up in the barn tonight.

Get some eggs going at sunup.

I'll cook them.

I miss him.

What you doing, old man?

Trying to kill yourself?

Why don't you give me a minute'?

Give me a chance

to get myself cleaned up here.

- You sure you're up for this?

- No.


I'm sure it's a bad idea.

But I'm going anyway-

Good enough for me.

Oh, yeah.

One bullet, huh?

Save the last bullet for yourself.

Well, then, you better not waste it.

I ain't gonna waste it.

So, we doing this today?

You okay in there?


- I got plenty of money.

- Take them.

It's gonna be dark soon.


Here, come on. There.

That's good. That's good.

We doing this?

Come on, man,

you can't take that tree with us.

Let's go.

Now, if you fall off that horse,

we're gonna have a big problem,

you know that.

Don't start. Let's go.

- Wanna race?

- That's far enough.


Something wrong?

Yeah, I forgot something.


What, like your damn mind?

Son of a b*tch!

Let's go.

Won't waste it, huh?


I thought you were saving the last one

for yourself.

What were you shooting at?

I put a bullet into that tree.

Did you hit it?

You're damn straight I did.


looks like you did a hell of a lot more

than shoot one tree.

Yeah, I burned it down.

Oh, good Lord, Taylon.

I burned it all down.

The whole damn ranch?

- The whole damn thing?

- Well, it got out of hand.

- It what?

- The fire got out of hand.

I mean, I didn't mean

to burn down the ranch, for God's sake.

If I need more bullets,

I'll get them from you.

Like hell you will, old man.

I feel it's better this way

that you ain't got any.

I feel safer.

The whole damn thing.

The whole damn thing?

I tried to chop it down but I'm getting

too old for that damn nonsense.

I hope you're having fun.

The whole damn thing.

Come on.

Go, go. Let's go.

Just follow the light.

Wait, wait, where you going?

- Durango's this way.

- Going to Hesperus first.

What? Why?

Personal business. You coming?

Come on.

I won't miss it.

All right.

Hey, Tantrum.

Your friend crossed a while ago!

- What?

- Your friend, crossed a while ago.

Thought you'd wanna know.

How long ago?

Can't rightly say.


I don't remember crossing any creek

on that trail from Hesperus.

Water's change.

- So does the need to cross.

- Huh?

Just saying what I'm saying.

Whoa, whoa.


- You got to pay me.

- What?

You got to pay me.

I ain't paying you to cross no creek.


then you're not crossing this creek.

Maybe we got lost last night.

- I guess I'll just go around.

- Now look,

now you wanna get away from that place...

to get to that place, you got to cross.

There's no other way

to get from over there

to that place over there.

You got to pay me.

Did Virgil pay you?

Everybody pays. Now, coins will do fine.

They're no use to you.

They're only good for crossing.

- You hungry?

- No. No.

Yeah, you are.

That's not funny.

Oh, Lord.

All right.

Y'all get along now.


You have a good nap, old man?

Damn, you're slow.

I had to double back for you.

Where the hell are we, Virg?

On the road to Hesperus.

I don't remember any creek

on the way to Hesperus.


There ain't no damn creek.

- We're in the desert, Taylon.

- Yeah, that old river rat!

He just... He st...

I gave him the coins that you gave me.

So, I could cross the creek.

- He take them?

- Yeah, he took them.

- Both of them?

- Yeah.

- All right then.

- Sh*t.

- Storm's coming.

- Best get going.

See what you're made of, Taylon.

Don't tempt me.

Heidi, you in here?

Taylon, what you doing out in this?

What the hell you doing, Jaden?

I'm just giving a new pony a ride.

Where's Sam?

He died last spring.

You can talk to me.

I'm the new proprietor

of this establishment.

Where's Heidi?

- You... How long you stabling him for?

- I asked you a question.

Well, she's around here somewhere.

I'll tell her you're looking for her.

Can I get you a room'?

- Yeah.

- I'm gonna need your pistol.

I'm gonna need your rifle.

That ain't gonna happen.

No one takes my guns off of me, nobody.

You can't stay in Hesperus

because new sheriff, new rules.

I'm gonna need it before I can give you

the key, and you can't stay in Hesperus

if you don't do it.

The only reason I'm gonna give you my gun

is I came here to see Heidi.

Make that happen.

Well, I'll arrange that.

You all right?

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