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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

 -  Drama | Western  -  11 July 1973 (USA)
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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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J.D. Cahill
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Fraser
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Danny
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Lightfoot
Clay O'Brien ...
Billy Joe
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Mrs. Green
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Struther
Dan Vadis ...
Brownie
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MacDonald
Scott Walker ...
Ben Tildy
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Denver
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Charlie
Rayford Barnes ...
Pee Wee Simser
Dan Kemp ...
Joe Meehan
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Hank
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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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A lawman and his sons face the ultimate test of courage. See more »

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Drama | Western

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11 July 1973 (USA)  »

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Cahill: United States Marshal  »

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The anti-racism subtext was written into the script in response to ongoing criticism of John Wayne's infamous May 1971 interview with Playboy magazine. However, the only African-American in the cast, Vance Davis, is listed in the credits as "Negro". See more »

Goofs

Rain falling at two different and constant angles when Billy Joe Cahill hides from Abe Frased in the farmyard. See more »

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J.D. Cahill: Do I have to shoot you or what?
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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man Gets To Thinkin'
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Charlie Rich
(Courtesy of Epic Records)
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The Law of Average
17 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

In 1973, John Wayne continued making safe, similar westerns that

really did nothing to change the genre, except for his final film "The

Shootist." "Cahill- United States Marshal" falls into this sure

category.

Wayne is the title character, a tough U.S. marshal who is gone

from home a lot, letting his sons Gary Grimes and Clay O'Brien

fend for themselves. In order to get back at their dad, seventeen

year old Grimes and eleven year old O'Brien join with a gang led by

George Kennedy to rob the town bank. The group has a foolproof

plan- get themselves locked in jail, escape, rob the bank, then lock

themselves up again with a perfect alibi. The bank is robbed, but

Kennedy's empty promises about no one getting hurt are broken

as the sheriff and a deputy are killed. O'Brien is told to hide the

loot, and Grimes and his brother are threatened if they ever talk.

By this point, Wayne has returned to town, and takes Grimes to go

track the imaginary bank robbers. They do stumble upon a group

of outlaws, and these men are arrested and sentenced to hang.

Grimes and O'Brien must now work to get the hidden loot to

Kennedy, save the four innocent men, and look over their shoulder

as their father becomes more suspicious of their weird behavior.

People begin dying as the truth is slowly uncovered.

I have always liked John Wayne. He had huge screen presence

that has never been equalled. The voice, the stance, you know

right away when he is onscreen. Say what you want about the bad

film choices he made, and he made some doozies, even his

mediocre films are better than some of the cow plop Hollywood

passes out today.

"Cahill" is a good film, despite some flaws. There is never a scene

where Wayne finds out the truth about his criminally inclined

children, one second he doesn't know, the next second he does. I

would have liked to see him figure it out and react. Also, some of

McLaglen's action sequences are just plain stilted. Watch the

scene where Wayne catches a knife in his shoulder, barely

wincing, and knowing that the knife was already there when the

scene began. Same for the ridiculous owl-scares-kids scene, with

a large fake bird on some string.

Neville Brand, a name you may not know, but a face you have seen

in films before, is excellent here as Lightfoot, a half Comanche

tracker who fancies himself a great warrior. Denver Pyle, Jackie

Coogan, Royal Dano, and Paul Fix are all well known film

veterans, but are given just one or two scenes each and just a

handful of lines. Some of the gun scenes are bloody, but the gore

looks like bright red paint and is not convincing.

The entire film rests on John Wayne's shoulders, and he is up to

the task. He is very watchable, and does a good job in a role he

could have sleepwalked through. Thanks to his efforts, Brand, and

a twisty plot that makes this film seem shorter than an hour and

forty three minutes, I am going to recommend "Cahill- United

States Marshal."

This is rated (PG) and contains physical violence, strong gun

violence, gore, and mild profanity.


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