Two men who have been friends since childhood find themselves on opposite ends of the law.

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F.J. Wilson
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Victor Mohica ...
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Two men who have been friends since childhood find themselves on opposite ends of the law.

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Together they fought for survival...now their guns must turn against each other! See more »

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8 June 1973 (Finland)  »

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Duel dans la poussière  »

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When the Sheriff and his wife go away for a vacation there is a scene at a hotel desk as they are checking in. The desk person gives them a room key and tells them they are in room "206." However, as their room door is opened by the bell-boy the room door shows that the room is numbered 12?3. See more »

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Chuck Jarvis: Do you mind telling me why you are stopping trains?
Billy Massey: I was infected with a social disease... known as bad luck.
Chuck Jarvis: The juries are beginning to take a dim view of bad luck.
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Damon and Pythias
8 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Showdown is another version of the two buddies who take different turns in the road of life. It borrows elements from George Marshall's supremely enjoyable Texas which starred two very young players named Glenn Ford and Bill Holden.

The buddies here are Dean Martin and Rock Hudson. They're a little older than Bill and Glenn were. Rock Hudson is now a solid respectable citizen ranch owner, married to Susan Clark, and who also happens to be the sheriff.

Dino cleared out from the ranch they had and has been gone for two years so he doesn't know that Hudson is the new sheriff. Maybe he wouldn't have decided to rob that train with some very serious outlaw types. Unfortunately Dino was recognized and Hudson has to bring him in.

This turned out to be the last western film for both Dean Martin and Rock Hudson. Martin, starting with Rio Bravo in 1959, did a whole string of westerns of varying quality. But making them is hard work, a fact Dean discovered one day out in the desert heat making these films. The rest of his movies were done in modern dress.

Also for some reason two of the most agreeable stars to work with as attested to by numerous co-stars of both did not get along during the making of Showdown.

Yet this Damon and Pythias story is still good entertainment and nothing either Rock or Dean had any reason to be ashamed of.


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