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The Frontier Romance "The Outsider" Debuts on Showtime
October 9, 2002

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On Sunday, November 10, 2002 Showtime will premiere the Original Picture "The Outsider," starring Tim Daly ("The Fugitive," "Object of My Affection," and the Showtime Original Picture "Execution of Justice") and Naomi Watts ("Mulholland Drive" and "The Ring"). "The Outsider" is the story of Rebecca Yoder, a member of an Amish-like community, who, after tragically losing her husband, is left to raise their nine-year-old son. After a mysterious gunslinger collapses on her property, Rebecca forges an ill-fated romance with tragic results. The film also stars Golden Globe(R) nominee David Carradine ("Kung Fu," "Mean Streets"), Thomas Curtis ("The Cactus Kid") Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner Keith Carradine ("Standoff, " "A Thousand Acres" and the Showtime Original Picture "Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble").

This 19th century frontier romance is directed by Randa Haines ("Children of a Lesser God," "The Doctor" and "Dance with Me") from a teleplay by Jenny Wingfield ("The Man in the Moon"), which is based on the novel by Penelope Williamson. Mike Medavoy of Phoenix Pictures and independent producer Diane Sokolow serve as executive producers together with Coote/Hayes Productions' Jeffrey Hayes. Haines also serves as one of the executive producers. "The Outsider" is a Phoenix Pictures Production in association with Coote/Hayes Productions.

"The Outsider" Official Synopsis"
A story of forbidden love and redemption framed within the western genre, "The Outsider" revolves around Rebecca Yoder (Watts), a young widow and member of a Amish-like religious group called the "Plain People," and Johnny Gault (Daly), a cold-blooded gunslinger who staggers onto her property severely wounded. Because Rebecca's religious beliefs don't allow her to turn anyone in need away, she takes the stranger into her home. Rebecca sends for the doctor (David Carradine), but because of Johnny's serious condition he advises Rebecca that Johnny should not be moved from her home. Rebecca nurses Johnny back to health, and during that time finds herself attracted to this man. Her son Benjo (Curtis) forms a strong attachment to him as well. Rebecca's community objects to an "outsider" staying with her, particularly Noah Weaver (Keith Carradine), an old friend and potential suitor.

After much soul searching, Rebecca finally allows Johnny to make love to her, only to be caught by one of her neighbors. Outraged by Rebecca's actions, her father and the rest of the community insist Rebecca end the relationship and repent. At first she acquiesces, but during her confession she begins to question whether or not she can give Johnny up.

SOURCE: Showtime Networks


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