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The Deadly Trackers (1973)

PG  |   |  Western, Drama  |  21 December 1973 (USA)
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Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick is a pacifist. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of killers. When their paths cross Kilpatrick is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
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Frank Brand
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Gutierrez, Mexican Policeman
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Choo Choo
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Schoolboy
Paul Benjamin ...
Jacob
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Herrero
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Maria
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Katharine Kilpatrick
William Bryant ...
Deputy Bill
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Kevin Kilpatrick
Read Morgan ...
Deputy Bob
Joan Swift ...
Teacher
Ray Moyer ...
Priest
Armando Acosta ...
Mole
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Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick is a pacifist. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of killers. When their paths cross Kilpatrick is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring death to Brand and his gang. Through his hunt into Mexico he is challenged by a noble Mexican Sheriff interested only in carrying out the law - not vengeance. Written by jimthemoviefreak@gmail.com

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The sheriff fought for peace. Now he would kill for vengeance.

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As the outlaws are riding out of the town, Right after they shoot the sheriffs wife and drop his son the camera switches to an roof top shot. You can see the shadow of the camera on the ground. lower right of the screen. See more »

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A Definite Piece of Postmodern Cinema
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very uneven film, filled with a "a bit of the olé' ultra-violence", shows its troubled production and finally emerges as a curios and a signpost of the changes in Hollywood that were still evolving and not without pains.

There is a vastness to the production with a gritty feel, children in distress and some really despicable characters. The Hero's change of heart from pacifist to killer is abrupt as are some of the other plot devices that take a backseat to the carnage and and mayhem.

It does have a memorable feeling to it that seems to stem from the movie's outrageous flourishes and one wonders if this was probably the best they could cobble from all the changes in Directors and other on the set strife. The good cast, however, are all in top form.

After all, it is recommended for fans of Westerns and movie chronology. It is a definite piece of postmodern cinema that is having difficulty (although not always aware) finding its niche and as a lot of seventies films show, it was not an easy transition as the art-form was released from over thirty years of repression.


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