John Schneider in captivating mystical thriller ‘Doonby’

Special 2-for-1 post. Links to stories with Doonby leading man John Schneider and his co-stars Jenn Gotzon, Joe Estevez, Jennifer O’Neill, Robert Davi, Will Wallace and Erin Way, plus producer Mark Joseph. Since publication of these stories, the Doonby release date has changed to 2012…

Part 1
Published June 11, 2011
By Anita Crane
© 2011 WND

Jenn Gotzon and John Schneider on set of “Doonby.” (Courtesy of Doonby the Movie © 2010)

In September, British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie’s mystical thriller “Doonby” hits U.S. movie theaters. John Schneider stars as American drifter Sam Doonby in a daring adventure perfect for our times.

Schneider and several of his “Doonby” co-stars, including Joe Estevez, Jennifer O’Neill, Robert Davi, Jenn Gotzon, Erin Way and Will Wallace, spoke to WND about what compelled them to do the film and why they think it deserves an audience.

“I think ‘Doonby’ is unlike any other film people have seen before – and those films are hard to come by,” Wallace said.

When Sam Doonby arrives in Smithville, Texas, Leroy (Ernie Hudson), a legendary musician and owner of the local blues bar, happens to need a bartender. Leroy hires Sam and discovers that his new bartender is also a gifted singer/songwriter who could, with a little help, become a legend, too.

Laura Reaper, played by Jenn Gotzon, is daughter of the town’s wealthy Dr. Cyrus Reaper (Joe Estevez) and a party girl who finds Sam irresistible.

Soon after Sam’s arrival, however, Smithville is jolted by a series of near-tragic events nearly wreaking havoc. As each catastrophe unfolds, Sam always seems to be in the right place at the right time to save the day. At first the townspeople are grateful to their new friend, but then some, especially Dr. Reaper and Sheriff Tom Woodley (Robert Davi), become suspicious of the hero – the savior – with a shady past.

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Part 2
Published June 13, 2011
By Anita Crane
© 2011 WND

John Schneider stars in the mystical thriller “Doonby,” which debuts in U.S. movie theaters this September. Schneider recently spoke to WND about playing American drifter Sam Doonby, whose very life dares the residents of small-town Smithville, Texas, to transcend the status quo.

Will Wallace in “Doonby.” (Courtesy of Doonby the Movie © 2010)

“Doonby” is the brainchild of British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie, who hired Will Wallace, Joe Estevez, Jennifer O’Neill, Jenn Gotzon, and Robert Davi to play major roles.

According to Wallace, he was the first person cast in “Doonby.” Mackenzie was impressed with Wallace’s work and asked him to play Tony, a wannabe country music star. Wallace, in turn, was so taken by the screenplay, he helped to bring four other actors, including Joe Estevez, into the picture.

“Once I read the script, I was more than eager than to sign,” said Wallace. “Peter had told me that he wanted it to have the feel of ‘An Inspector Calls,’ originally a play by J.B. Priestley, then a film, and elements of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Hearing his vision on the phone really sold me on it.” …

“I think ‘Doonby’ is unlike any other film people have seen before – and those films are hard to come by,” Wallace continued.

“If I could recommend two films this year, they would be ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Doonby.’ I guarantee they will be thought provoking.”

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