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A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frank Calder
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Brandt Ruger
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Melissa Ruger
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Matthew Gunn
Ronald Howard ...
Watt Nelson
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Hog Warren
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Doc Harrison
William Watson ...
Jim Loring
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Sam Bayard
Rayford Barnes ...
Crimp
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Buford King
Richard Adams ...
Owney Clark
Dean Selmier ...
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Sarah Atkinson ...
Redhead
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Chinese Girl
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Storyline

The rich and ruthless rancher Brandt Ruger keeps his beautiful young wife Melissa like a part of his property, subdued to his will. But one day she's kidnapped by the famous outlaw Frank Calder - just to teach him reading, so he tells her. Calder doesn't know or care who's wife she is. He takes care of her well, and eventually Melissa falls in love with him. But Ruger feels humiliated. Full of hate, he sets out to kill him - and Melissa too, if necessary. Together with his friends and the newest technology in guns, which carry 800 yards, he initiates a battue on Calder and his gang. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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rifle | outlaw | love | gun | posse | See All (58) »

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They Hunted The Biggest Game Of All - Man And Woman! See more »

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Drama | Western | Action

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4 September 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Cacería implacable  »

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SEK 527,257 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The first of three films that Candice Bergen made with Gene Hackman in the 70s, the others being the equally reviled The Domino Killings (1977) and the much more acclaimed Bite the Bullet (1975). Although they only share a handful of scenes in this film, Bergen is on record as saying she learned more about film acting from Hackman in their films together than from any other quarter. See more »

Goofs

None of the hunting party's horses are packing the rifles when they get off the train. Even the two pack horses have packs too small to hold rifles (or much else for that matter). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa Ruger: Brandt. Stop! Brandt?
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed.
Melissa Ruger: Brandt, why do we...
Brandt Ruger: Get dressed!
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Featured in The Honkers (1972) See more »

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Strangely compelling, despite serious flaws
27 May 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I managed to get an uncut version of this rare western, and I thought it was very engaging. Now, I will freely admit that the screenplay is full of holes (like: How does the party know what Oliver Reed's character looks like? Why doesn't Hackman kill Reed when he has the chance? Why won't Reed admit defeat?) which definitely prevent this from becoming the epic, sweeping western it is obviously trying to be. (As well, most of the main characters are written poorly.)

Yet at the same time, I was immediately hooked and engaged until the end credits started. Though the movie has all of those above faults (and more), there is some really good stuff here. The locations... photography...production values... are all top-notch. And whoa, all of that violence! The bloddy shootouts and sniper attacks give Sam Peckinpah a real run for his money. People who don't like westerns probably won't like this movie, but western fans like myself will likely embrace it, flaws and all


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