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The Game Is Over

May 29, 1988

Donald Chase seemed rather upset that at a recent rodeo a child asked "What's Cowboys and Indians?" when the clown in the show made reference to that venerable/venerated "all-American" game (" 'Young Guns' Aridin' Thisaway," May 22).

Maybe Chase should have talked to some Indians--Native Americans--before recounting that anecdote. Just possibly, the Indians are very happy to know that the populist game of "Anglo-cowboys-as-heroes-sneaky-Redskins-as-villains" has gone thataway and bitten the dust.

Incidentally, if screenwriter John Fusco really wants to revive the Western as a popular movie form, let him profit from the mistakes of Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado" and not try for an epic full of two-dozen undeveloped plots.

So many characters came and went in that one--and so much footage obviously wound up on the cutting-room floor--that the result was an unholy mess audiences couldn't even begin to decipher.

DAVID R. MOSS

Los Angeles

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