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The Gun Hawk (1963)

Approved | | Western | 28 August 1963 (USA)
When his town-drunk father is killed by the Sully brothers, gunfighter Blaine Madden exacts his revenge but has to flee, aided by a young aspiring gunslinger, when the sheriff tries to arrest him.

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Blaine Madden
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Sheriff Ben Corey
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Marleen
Rod Lauren ...
'Reb' Roan
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Deputy 'Mitch' Mitchell
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Johnny Flanders
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Drunk - Madden's father
Jody Daniels ...
Tommy
Ron Whelan ...
Blackjack
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Miguel (as Rodolpho Hoyos)
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Joe Sully
Natividad Vacío ...
Quid (as Natividad Vacio)
Joan Connors ...
Roan's Woman
Glenn Stensel ...
Luke Sully
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Henchman
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Gunslinger Rory Calhoun dispenses his own brand of justice in this action-packed Western adventure costarring Rod Cameron and Ruta Lee. It's been three years since gunfighter Blaine Madden (Calhoun) visited his hometown. So when he warns the Sully brothers to stop harassing the town drunk, they shoot the old man dead, not realizing he's Madden's father. Killing them both, Madden is badly wounded by the sheriff (Cameron) but escapes to an outlaw haven where the law fears to tread and prepares what may be his last stand. Written by Jo Heims (Play Misty for Me), The Gun Hawk was the final film directed by Edward Ludwig, whose nearly 50-year career spanned over 100 shorts, TV episodes and features, including the John Wayne hits The Fighting Seabees, Wake of the Red Witch and Big Jim McLain. Written by Anonymous

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He Was The Legend The West Will Never Forget! See more »

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28 August 1963 (USA)  »

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Stadt ohne Sheriff  »

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Trivia

Final film of director Edward Ludwig. See more »

Goofs

In the taverna bar in Sanctuary, Curly confronts Johnny Flanders. In the course of their conversation, Johnny mistakenly refers to Curly as Johnny - "Now look Johnny, nobody's gonna kill nobody in this town" See more »

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Referenced in The Big Snatch (1971) See more »

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A Searcher For Love
Music and lyrics by Robert P. Marcucci and Russell Faith (as Russ Faith)
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A rare fascinating western
4 June 2002 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

Under a B western outward appearance this rare movie shows some interesting qualities. You would think of a B western if you consider the cast (Rory Calhoun, Rod Cameron, Ruta Lee) but that is not totally exact. This Gun Hawk ("El gavilán pistolero" in Spain) has got influence of many good genre works (the topic of a gunslinger who wants retire himself is a classical). The inexorable fate plays his cards never mind the human desire does. The movie es correctly made, the color photography with bright painted rooms, like in a theatrical decor, announcing the upcoming death, an the credit ballad music inspired at the cowboys song telling a story (Marcucci and Faith "A Searcher for Love") are excellent too. It has got some comedy notes, a bite out of the blue. I will said at last the village, Sanctuary, keeps similitude with a Spanish place, Guadalest, near Alicante at Mediterranean sea.


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