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The Traveling Executioner (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Western  |  1 October 1970 (USA)
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Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care.

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Jonas Candide
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Gundred Herzallerliebst
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Jimmy
Graham Jarvis ...
Doc Prittle
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Piquant (as James J. Sloyan)
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Warden Brodski
John Bottoms ...
Lawyer
Ford Rainey ...
Stanley Mae
James Greene ...
Gravey Combs
Sam Reese ...
Priest (as Sammy Reese)
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Willy Herzallerliebst
Logan Ramsey ...
La Follette
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Virgil
William Mims ...
Lynn
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Jake
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Stacy Keach is electrifying as Jonas Candide, an ex-Carny who travels around the bayou with a portable electric chair. At $100 a head, he renders his services with loving care.

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1918. The year this man traveled the South with a portable electric chair.

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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Although it was a box-office failure in 1970 and has been little-seen since, this movie was much admired by John Huston, who cast Stacy Keach in two of his own films after seeing it. See more »

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Interesting story-line, and excellent supporting role for Bud Cort.
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of "The Traveling Executioner" is quirky and original, but recommended only if you wish to see the performances of Bud Cort or Stacey Keach. Otherwise, the story tends to progress slowly, not enticing me to have repeated viewings. Interesting, though, is to contemplate why the character of Bud Cort would want to follow in Steach's character's profession.

Despite the film not being the best in Cort's oeuvre, it was wonderful to see him in a large supporting role, which came scarcely after having been type-casted. His performance is excellent, as always, being able to rise above the material. He gives his character an appealing, amiable on-screen personality (opposite of the demure Harold Chasen he portrayed in "Harold and Maude").


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