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The Deadly Trackers (1973)

 -  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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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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Western | Drama

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When Jacob is fleecing Choo-Choo at cards, he plays with an Ace of Clubs, an Ace of Diamonds, and a Queen. When Choo-Choo picks a card, it is the Ace of Spades, and the Spade on the card is much larger than the other symbols. Since Jacob can manipulate the cards so that Choo-Choo always loses, this might be intentional. When Choo-Choo realizes he lost, we then see all three cards face-down. When they are turned over, only aces are shown, no queen. See more »

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A better than average Western
6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those films that lovers of the Western genre ought to rent on video. They will discover a treasure of the past that is well worth a watch. Like most Westerns, this film is set in the 1870s American southwest. The story of vengence is common in Western films, and this particular tale is extremely brutal. The post civil war Southwest was a violent place full of vigilantism and crime. Men of the West with morals and a sense of social responsibility always served as easy prey for bushwackers.

The Deadly Trackers is focused on two men who share an over-developed sense of justice. They are both sheriffs, and they both embraced the importance of the law. One of the sheriffs loses his family, however, and his ideals die with them. The best part of this film is the relationship that builds between the two sheriffs as they hunt a small band of bushwackers. Richard Harris's character is the embittered sheriff bent on vengence. His character sinks into being as cruel and violent as the men he hunts. The Mexican sheriff, who lacks personal loss, maintains an ideal sense of keeping law and order. In the end, Harris's character regains his values for upholding the law only to see justice slip out of his grasp. The Mexican sheriff remains constant in his efforts to enforce the law only to provide for a lack of justice. The result is a dark tale about the nature of mankind on the frontier.


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