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MOVIE PREMIER: Hell on the Border, the real life exploits of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves

Posted at 9:26 AM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 10:28:33-05

The City of Muskogee will be the location for the world premier showing of the major motion picture, HELL ON THE BORDER. This western action movie is adapted from the best-selling novel trilogy penned by author Fred Staff, and features real life exploits of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves. The movie, set in 1870s Indian Territory follows the events of one of Bass Reeves most dangerous outlaw pursuits.

Considered the most prolific U.S. Deputy Marshal of the Old West Era, Reeves survived more than four dozen gun battles, killed fourteen dangerous outlaws defending his life and brought more than three thousand wanted criminals to face justice

Born a slave, Reeves grew up tending and breaking horses and as a bodyguard and valet to William S. Reeves and later to his son, Colonel George R. Reeves. After a heated dispute Bass escaped and made his way to Indian Territory. He became friends with the tribes in Indian Territory and learned to speak Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and Chickasaw fluently. His affinity for riding a large grey,(silver colored) horse, working with Indian companions, use of disguises, wearing of two guns and leaving a silver dollar as a thank you have many comparing his actions and exploits to those of the fictional Lone Ranger who often left behind a silver bullet as a thanks and calling card. Reeves mode of operation was so mirrored by the comic book’s first super hero some have even referred to Reeves as “The Real Lone Ranger”.

Starring David Gyassi as Bass Reeves the movie boasts are strong supporting cast of veteran actors that include Ron Perlman, Frank Zillo and Zahn McClarnon. While the movie is the first major motion picture about Bass Reeves other short and low budget films about the legendary lawman have been produced but none have been widely distributed.

LIONSGATE, a major motion picture distributor expects there will be a large audience for HELL ON THE BORDER as awareness and curiosity about Bass Reeves, the man who has been called “the greatest lawman of the Wild West” spreads and will release the movie to general audiences on December 13th.

Muskogee was chosen for a pre-release showing of the movie because it was Bass Reeves last tour of duty as a lawman, his final resting place and is the only City in the world that hosts the Bass Reeves Western History Conference in his honor and boasts the longest running celebration of his life. Both are hosted by Muskogee’s Three Rivers Museum and Heritage Center. Muskogee Oklahoma also has the distinction of having more U.S. Deputy Marshals killed in a fifty mile radius than any city in the U.S.

The movie will premier Friday, November 15th at Muskogee’s Historic ROXY Theatre at 7pm.

A second showing will be in the afternoon November 17th.

Tickets are available online at or ordered by phone-918-616-1254.

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