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Gunfight in Abilene (1967)

Fighting in the Civil War a man accidently kills his friend. Returning to Abilene after the war he finds his former sweetheart about to marry the brother of the man he killed. To pay his ... See full summary »

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Cal Wayne
Emily Banks ...
Amy Martin
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Grant Evers
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Joe Slade
Don Galloway ...
Ward Kent
Frank McGrath ...
Ned Martin
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Cord Decker
Barbara Werle ...
Leann
Johnny Seven ...
Loop
William Phipps ...
Frank Norton
William Mims ...
Ed Scovie
Robert Sorrells ...
Nelson
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Sprague
James McCallion ...
Smoky Staub
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Frobisher
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Fighting in the Civil War a man accidently kills his friend. Returning to Abilene after the war he finds his former sweetheart about to marry the brother of the man he killed. To pay his debt he not only refuses to win her back but takes the job of Sheriff, a job he doesn't want, when the brother asks him. Still haunted by the killing he refuses to carry a gun. But there is trouble between the ranchers and the farmers and when he finds the brother murdered he straps on a gun and heads after the killer. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The time: NOON! The odds: DESPERATE! The result: MEMORABLE!

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March 1967 (USA)  »

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Der Sheriff schießt zurück  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Michael Sarrazin. See more »

Goofs

When Slade kills Grant with the last two shots, he stands over him and lets his pistol hang limp from his hand while he pulls the trigger. The pistol doesn't kick at all, it barely even moves, proving that it's firing blanks. A loaded gun would have kicked out of his hand, being held that loosely. See more »

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Joe Slade: Strip off his shirt. Tie 'im up to that wagon.
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Remake of Showdown at Abilene (1956) See more »

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Amy
Words and Music by Bobby Darin
Performed by Bobby Darin (uncredited)
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His greatest enemy was his overpowering guilt.
5 March 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

One of the hardest tests for an actor who is famous in other genres, like musicals is to make a western and come out well. So many tried and did not make it. Bobby Darin' performance in this film is quite an achievement. Darin himself was responsible for the musical soundtrack, which is excellent, specially the song "Amy". We have seen countless times the story of a man who goes to war and when he comes back sees his woman engaged to somebody else. Here we have the same story, but done with special care, due to the script and the fine acting of Emily Banks. The scenes where there is action are well made, you even see Darin kicking with his feet. He also wears his gun with the handle turned the other way around. The story is too predictable, but it has one uncommon element, which is the guilt feelings that dominate Darin making him behave in a strange way in relation to people that know him well. The director, William Hale was very well known for his work on television, and after the undeservedly bad reviews this film got, went back to it.


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