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The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  1 July 1965 (USA)
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Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

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The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John the eldest is a well known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get back their ranch from the towns gunsmith who won it from their father in a card game with which he was shortly murdered there after but not before getting through the troubles that come with the Elders name. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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From the four winds they came, the four brothers, their eyes smoking and their fingers itching... See more »

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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The film was loosely based on the real-life story of the five Marlowe brothers. See more »

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At the bridge, when the deputy jumps to catch the gun thrown by John Elder, he is driven backwards as he is hit by a bullet. This is physically impossible as there is no more force on the receiving end of the bullet as there is to the shooter. If the deputy is driven back three feet, so would be the man who shot him. See more »

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John Elder: All we want to do is make you end up rich and respectable. You fight us every step of the way.
Bud Elder: I don't want to be rich and respectable. I want to be just like the rest of you.
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The Sons Of Katie Elder
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One of the last great Wayne films
24 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Other than El Dorado and The Shootist, this is probably the last great John Wayne film. Apart from these, he made a long string of pretty forgettable films late in his career. They aren't so much bad, but they have nothing new to add and seem to be more "by-the-numbers" films than anything else.

The only reason I don't score it higher is because of ridiculous casting. The 4 sons of Katie are probably close to 40 years apart by age--plus, the 4 look NOTHING like each other. I think Woody Strode would have been almost as convincing as one of John Wayne's brothers as the 3 they chose.

So what was so worth watching? Well, the acting is great. Wayne and Martin is a good pairing and the plot of sons seeking revenge is quite compelling. Although not exactly "high brow", I also like the scene between Wayne and the blacksmith--now THAT'S the way to get some answers when the guy doesn't want to talk!


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