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



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Complete credited cast:
Art Williams
John McLiam ...
F.J. Wilson
Charles Baca ...
Jackson D. Kane ...
Clem (as Jackson Kane)
Perry Williams
John Gill ...
Earl Cole (as John Richard Gill)
Philip L. Mead ...
Rita Rogers ...
Victor Mohica ...
Big Eye (as Vic Mohica)
Raleigh Gardenhire ...
Joe Williams
Dan Boydston ...


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

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Release Date:

8 June 1973 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Duel dans la poussière  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Dean Martin rides away from the ranch he shoots down the Massy sign from the gate. The signs were supported by a single post. When he returned the two remaining signs were supported by two posts. See more »


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 »


Jack Bonney: You figuring on getting yourself killed, Sheriff?
Chuck Jarvis: I got a good chance at it.
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Old friends Rock Hudson and Dean Martin find themselves on opposite sides of the fence
17 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I take issue with the negative reviews that have appeared so far about "Showdown". This is an excellent western.

The story is a very rich and satisfying one. It comes across as natural. It's consistently interesting. It allows for several pursuit sequences, ample fresh interactions among its principals, bad guys in several flavors, a fair amount of natural humor, and character development. The acting is excellent. The cinematography (Ernest Laszlo) is outstanding, done on great-looking locations.

It's a 70s western and what that does is remove somewhat the feeling of "classic", and that's because there is some tendency to modernize the characters and make them a bit more contemporary. This makes the film a bit more anachronistic. There is some of that here.

Rock Hudson and Dean Martin have once had a ranch together. Hudson married Susan Clark and this caused Dean eventually to leave. He's involved in a train robbery but he doesn't know that Rock has taken up the position of sheriff to add to his meager income as a farmer. Rock has to pursue Dean and the gang. Dean's a good bad guy; the others are much worse. Dean heads for Mexico. The gang splits up and squabbles, with one member being killed. But then the pursuit takes on richer dimensions when Dean circles back to Rock's ranch and Rock catches up with him.

I see no reason why western fans won't thoroughly enjoy this western, especially in the terrific-looking widescreen print that's available.

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