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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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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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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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Intense, watchable film let down by awkward opening sequence and some bad dialogue
1 July 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Deadly Trackers was to be directed by the author of the original story, Sam Fuller. He was replaced by one or two other directors (identities unknown) and it was up to the dependable Barry Shear to complete the film. The opening sequence of stills and voice-overs is a liability to the overall film. My guess is that Shear, due to the chop and change of previous directors, had cobbled together pieces of their unfinished work. I would appreciate clarification of this from someone who knows. The importance of the opening sequence is that it establishes the motivation for the entire film. The violent shattering of this close-knit family drives the action - and should have given the viewer a greater appreciation of Richard Harris's despair. Otherwise Shear's film is an excellent thought-provoking western with an excellent performance by Al Lettieri playing the sheriff as the revenge-seeker's conscience. Vigilante theme worth comparing to films like Dirty Harry which was released two years earlier and set a trend in American cinema.

Memo: Whoever wrote the line `He shot the roses from her cheeks' should have been shot himself.


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