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Lone Star (John Sayles, USA, 1996)

John Sayles’ Lone Star contains so many riches, it humbles ordinary movies.
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

One of the very best American indie movies of the 1990s.

In the small Texas town of Frontera, Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper) digs up the past when he finds an old skull in the desert. As he traces the 40-year-old murder of Sheriff Charlie Wade (Kris Kristofferson), Deeds' investigation points toward his late father, the much-loved Deputy Buddy Deeds (a young Matthew McConaughey). Ignoring warnings not to delve any deeper, Sam rekindles a romance with his high school sweetheart (Elizabeth Pena) while bringing up old tensions in the town and exposing secrets long put to rest.