McCloud (1970–1977)
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Portrait of a Dead Girl 

A marshal from New Mexico travels to New York City to deliver a witness who is supposed to testify in a murder trial. However, the witness is soon kidnapped from his custody, and in trying ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Del Whitman
Peter B. Clifford (as Mark Richman)
Mario Alcalde ...
Carlos Peralta
Father Augusto Nieves (as Raúl Juliá)
Shelly Novack ...
James Waldron
Adrienne Redman
Michael Bow ...
Nefti Millet ...
Luis Ramos
Kathy Stritch ...
Merri Ann Coleman
Albert Popwell ...
Ira Cook ...
2nd Reporter
1st Deputy


A marshal from New Mexico travels to New York City to deliver a witness who is supposed to testify in a murder trial. However, the witness is soon kidnapped from his custody, and in trying to get him back, the marshal finds that the case involves Puerto Rican nationalists, a lady novelist and a dead beauty queen, and a possible frame-up. Written by

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17 February 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sam McCloud: Now you can close it up as tight as you want to, officially, but unofficially, and off the record and if you insist, off base, I'm in this to the bitter bottom dregs.
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Another Way
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
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did stand the time better than series from the eighties
9 September 2012 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

Youth sentiment. That's the only thing I can say when people say "do you remember McCloud". I was a bit too young to remember the whole series but my father was a big fan I naturally I sat beside him to see someone riding a horse solving problems in New York.

I was a bit afraid to plug the DVD in because it's over 4O years old and to see series from that era is mostly a let down. But I must say that i enjoyed this pilot. Even as it clocks in over 90 minutes I kept watching but I do like the way they used the camera. back then camera's had a lot of problems with lens flare but here they used it as a form of art to use flare to give some shots a special feeling. Especially the scene in the park were McCloud is having a bit of a love affair. Furtheron it is also nice to see New York in 1970. McCloud wanders around in the streets for a few shots and the part he walks down 42nd street is nice to see just before 42nd became a sleazefest. And the overview from a heli of the New York skyline without the WTC towers did give a rare feeling too.

But all that doesn't make a movie, it adds towards nostalgia but it is the acting that also makes it worth watching. I must admit that the way Dennis Weaver is talking isn't always understandable because he talks southern. And you can see that the translation in the subtitles not always translate what he was saying. But Dennis is believable. He do has a special voice and it do adds something towards his character. But not only him, there are other names in McCloud that made it afterwards like for example, Peter Mark Richman or Terry carter who went after McCloud to the much acclaimed and no cult classic Battlestar Galactica series as Colonel Tigh or Raul Julia who became famous in The Addams Family franchise.

I have seen Magnum nowadays and the jokes there are outdated nowadays and it even was a bit boring or watch Miami Vice, also outdated. But McCloud do stands the time, but don't expect flashy shots, if you are into old flicks or do like drive-in atmosphere then go pick this up.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 1/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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