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The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Approved | | Western | 16 August 1965 (Brazil)
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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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,000,000 (USA)
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Because he had his lung removed, John Wayne relied on an oxygen tank on location for the film. In fact, he required the use of the tank a lot because the movie was shot primarily on location in Durango, Mexico, which is six thousand feet above sea level. See more »

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The sheriff is playing chess when his deputy comes in with Tom Elder's wanted poster. The sheriff's opponent, who is supposed to be the better player, moves one of his pawns backwards two spaces. Pawns can't move backwards. See more »

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Bud Elder: I'm going with you. I can draw pretty fast. We can be famous -- like the Dalton Brothers!
John Elder: They're famous -- but they're just a little bit dead. They were hung!
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Western Drama delivers
3 October 2002 | by (Hartlepool England) – See all my reviews

Well this film is perhaps not in Waynes top 20 it remains very watchable and can be veiwed on many occassions.Katie Elder had 4 sons it is asking a lot to accept the age range but it works well.Dean Martin gives a good performance as Tom and Duke is John the other brothers play their parts well but are dwarfed by the two stars.Hathways direction is tight and tho a bit on the slow side you can't switch off once watching.Filmed justt after Waynes lung had been removed you can see its importance in his career,the action scenes took a lot out of him but being the man he was he got them done with help from an oxygen mask,and many of the crew were impressed by his professionalism and bravery.A box office succes,it kept Wayne in the publics mind.So not quite a classic but worth watching for the two stars and the bravery of John Wayne no one else has ever filled the screen like the Duke.7/10


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