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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

PG | | Drama, Western | 11 July 1973 (USA)
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A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.



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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 boys 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 »


Drama | Western


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11 July 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CAHILL United States Marshall  »

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2.35 : 1
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Studio publicity and DVD sleeve notes for this film state that the picture was "Filmed on-location in the high desert of Durango, New Mexico". See more »


While not technically an error, the use of four separate levers and traps for the gallows was for dramatic effect and would not have been done if this was real. As seen in the quadruple executions of the Lincoln conspirators in 1865, the easiest way was to use one lever and one wide trap. See more »


J.D. Cahill: Does it hurt?
Lightfoot: Are you asking me as an Indian or a white man?
J.D. Cahill: Both.
Lightfoot: As an Indian, I don't feel a thing. As a white man, it hurts like hell.
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Featured in The Man Behind the Star (1973) See more »


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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Interesting and highly underrated Duke flick.
12 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Many liberals like to bitch John Wayne out - I know because being a left-winger I have to put up with whiny liberals for company! What many of these liberals forget is that John Wayne - whilst politically unacceptable in many ways - was still an actor and a human being. Something some ''liberals'' complain about is Republican political oriented criticism on liberal actors and directors and the disrespect of the artistic talents of these liberal personages. I see no difference in disrespect to a left-winger or a right-winger so the hypocritical stance of these liberal ''film fans'' doesn't do their ideology any favours.

The film 'Cahill U.S. Marshal' whilst not being the greatest of westerns, is an enjoyable western with a good message - which isn't as Republican or right-wing as some other voters claimed. The wonderful acting from John Wayne and George Kennedy is on par with their best work, the plot is original and the opening of the film is fantastic and rousing.

One of the features that other voters have not commented on is the music by Elmar Bernstein. The score for 'Cahill' is amongst the great composer's finest work and the song 'A Man Gets To Thinking'' sung by Charlie Rich is a good theme on par with the 'True Grit' by Glen Campbell and I am sure that a lot of Country and Western fans - I am only mildly enamoured with this genre - will enjoy it.

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