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The Deadly Trackers (1973)

A Sheriff, who negotiates with bank robbers, ends up getting his family killed during their escape. The Sheriff chases the gang into Mexico on his own. While attempting to exact his vengeance, he is at odds with a Mexican lawman.

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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
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Deputy Bill (as Bill Bryant)
Sean Marshall ...
Read Morgan ...
Deputy Bob
Joan Swift ...
Teacher
Ray Moyer ...
Priest
Armando Acosta ...
Mole
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Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick believes guns result in gun solutions to problems. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of bank robbers who have no problem with killing anyone in their way. When their paths cross Kilpatrick's attempt to negotiate results in the death of his family during the escape. Kilpatrick goes against everything he has stood for when he crosses into Mexico to chase Brand and his gang. He demonstrates some violent tendencies towards the criminals and anyone else he comes across in his hunt to kill the gang. His behavior is not very heroic. He is challenged by a 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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21 December 1973 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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In its original incarnation, Samuel Fuller had lined up Juliet Berto and Mick Jagger. Jim Morrison of The Doors was also lobbying for a role in the film, but was turned down by Fuller. See more »

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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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Descending to the Same Level as Whom You Hunt
4 June 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The big surprise in The Deadly Trackers is Rod Taylor's emergence as one mean and nasty villain here. Although he had played a bad guy early in his career in Hell on Frisco Bay as a contract killer, the public was used to Rod as the civilized fellow bringing a sense of order to a future world in The Time Machine. He's anything, but civilized in The Deadly Trackers.

Richard Harris is a sheriff with some rather strange notions about capture instead of killing in a lawless land. Rod Taylor and his gang rob the bank in Harris's town and kill the bank manager on a whim. Then when Harris tries to capture and use reason with Taylor, Harris's wife and son become dead also.

That gives our sheriff a whole new outlook and he hunts the gang into Mexico where he teams up with a federale played by Al Lettieri who has all the ideas Harris used to have.

This was the farewell performance of Al Lettieri and interesting that he went out as a good guy here. He created a great group of villains in The Godfather, McQ, Mr. Majestyk, and The Getaway. He was a great talent.

Some attention was paid to the fact that Harris is an Irish sheriff and for that matter Rod Taylor is Australian. But America is in fact a nation of immigrants and this should be no stranger than Errol Flynn's emergence as a western star in the heyday of the studio.


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