Texas Rangers is based the book Taming of the Neuces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers by George Durham. It is a post-Civil War film loosely built around the exploits of Leander H. McNelly and his team of Texas Rangers. It features Dylan McDermott as McNelly, Ashton Kutchur and John King Fisher is played by Alfred Molina. During the Civil War the Texas Rangers disband and fight on the side of the Confederate Army. Afterwards, bedlam and anarchy run ramped throughout Texas as Mexicans pour across the border, Native Americans attempt to reclaim what they feel entitled to and pillage what they can, while renegade outlaws wreak havoc without restraint.
The Governor of Texas commissions Leander McNelly to resurrect the rangers in hopes of regaining control and restoring order to the region and lands surrounding the borders. The men recruited have the desire to see justice prevail but few of them have much experience in maintaining any kind of law and order. A few of the men are seasoned veterans from the previous war but most of of McNelly's rangers are young, orphaned, and undisciplined themselves. Armed with the determination of youth, they seek to defend what they have been given against the cattle rustling exploits of one, King Fisher. King Fisher has no fear or restraint as he steals cattle from wealth ranchers, and ensures his relationship with the Mexican's by selling the stole cattle to them.
Even though they are ill-equipped and under-armed, the rangers pursue King Fisher and plan to ambush him and his men. Unfortunately, the band is betrayed and must regroup at the ranch house. They pull together one last plan of attack. They must use their decrease in numbers and the inexperience of their men to the best advantage. They aren't willing to admit defeat. The rangers stage an all-out assault which will proof to reign in justice or fail in defeat.
The rest of the cast includes seasoned actor, James Coburn as narrator, James Van Der Beek from Dawson's Creek as Lincoln Rogers Dunnison, Rachel Leigh Cook, who played Devon in Dawson's Creek as Caroline Dukes, Ashton Kutcher as George Durham, Usher Raymond as Randolph Douglas Scipio, Tom Skerritt, the infamous Sheriff Jimmy Brock from Picket Fences as Richard Dukes, and country western singer, Randy Travis as Frank Bones.
Although filming and production on this film was finished in 1999, it never played in theaters until 2001. It enjoyed a modest appreciation from theater-goers but was unable to fully re-coop it initial investment of $38 million and only brought in $763,000 total ticket sales.