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Showdown (1973)

PG  |   |  Western  |  8 June 1973 (Finland)
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Two men who have been friends since childhood find themselves on opposite ends of the law.

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

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...when the running stops and the bullets begin See more »

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Western

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8 June 1973 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Duel dans la poussière  »

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ESP 41,612,287 (Spain)
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Billy's extra gun at the gunfight at the creek starts off as a single-action blue steel Colt Bisley, recognizable for the distinctive shape of its grip frame, and turns into a nickel-plated double action revolver when he crawls out to the log. 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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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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