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The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969)

Unrated | | Comedy, Western | TV Movie 7 October 1969
A retired Texas Ranger and his three aging pals are hired to clean up a lawless town.

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Classic comedic western, Captain Oren Hayes of the Texas Rangers takes a break to visit his daughter in a neighboring town. When he arrives he find's his daughter Hannah's husband Jeff is running for Mayor against a corrupt town boss, Nard Lundy. Lundy has no intention of allowing the free election of the honest Jeff Rose, so he has his henchmen beat them up. Hayes then calls for the help of some his old buddies in the Rangers. Upon arriving in town, they realize quickly that age has caught up with them and they must rely on their sheer wits to out-smart and defeat Lundy. Written by SindyMac

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They will fight one last battle for justice !

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Comedy | Western

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In 1970, a sequel named The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again was produced. Both TV movies were intended as a pilot for a planned weekly series, but ABC ultimately shelved the idea. See more »

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Nash Crawford: No Ranger retires perpendicularly.
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Referenced in Alice: The Over-the-Hill Girls (1983) See more »

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Texas Rangers
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Sung by Walter Brennan, Chill Wills and Edgar Buchanan
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An amiable but ridiculous geezer western.
27 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The reason to see "The Over-the-Hill Gang" has very little to do with the script, as it's clichéd and a bit silly. Instead, you see it to get a chance to see some veteran actors once again...here in their twilight years.

The film begins in the western town of Boulder. A nasty mayor (Edward Andrews) is making it hard for the honest newspaper man to stay and run against him in the election. This ticks off the newspaper guy's uncle (Pat O'Brien) and as a retired Texas Ranger, he decides to call in his decrepit old friends to clean up the town. But, when these guys (Edgar Buchanan, Chill Wills and Walter Brennan) arrive, they are pathetic and no match for the baddies. So, they come up with a plan--to use their wits to defeat the jerks and free the town from their grip.

All in all, this isn't a very good western. The script is often silly and utterly ridiculous. The ending, in particular, is impossible to believe. But, it also isn't without some merit. Seeing these guys as well as Andy Devine is enjoyable for fans of classic Hollywood. For younger audiences, however, it probably just isn't worth your time.


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