The Gazette reports that a sold-out house at the Babcock Theatre celebrated the return of Hollywood films and big-time movie stars to the downtown venue with a screening of a new Western picture, shot in Montana, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown.”

A lively Q&A session followed the screening with actor Bill Pullman, famous for such roles as the president in “Independence Day”, who plays the title character Lefty Brown. Pullman described Lefty as the sidekick who wasn’t viewed as quite the equal of his buddies. Pullman said the film is a coming of age story for a 63-year-old man, because Lefty sets out to do the right thing and avenge the death of his friend Edward Johnson, played by Peter Fonda, son of Henry Fonda and the star of 1968’s counter-culture anthem “Easy Rider,” and 1997’s critically-acclaimed “Ulee’s Gold.”

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