MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,970 this week

Posse (1975)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 975 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 14 critic

A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 200 titles
created 22 Feb 2011
 
a list of 110 titles
created 10 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1502 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Posse" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Posse (1975)

Posse (1975) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Posse.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A U.S. Marshall and two deputies rescue a cattle rustler from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron convinced that the rustler also killed his son.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar
A Gunfight (1971)
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two aging gunfighters in need of money come to an agreement to organize an actual showdown between them and sell tickets for it. The townsfolk is more than interested to see the "show".

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash, Jane Alexander
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The son of a powerful Mafia don comes home from his army service in Vietnam and wants to lead his own life, but family tradition, intrigues and powerplays involving his older brother ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Alex Cord, Irene Papas
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A scout leading a wagon train through hostile Indian country unwittingly gets involved with a Sioux chief's daughter.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An adventurous couple of hitchhikers decides to accept every ride that is offered to them. no matter how odd the driver might be. They'll get more than they bargained for.

Director: Quentin Masters
Stars: Michael Burns, Meg Foster, Marianna Hill
Posse (1993)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of mostly black infantrymen return from the Spanish-American War with a cache of gold. They travel to the West where their leader searches for the men who lynched his father.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Stephen Baldwin, Charles Lane
The Racers (1955)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Bella Darvi, Gilbert Roland
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Schneider, Lee Purcell
Drama | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
The Hook (1963)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During an evacuation in the waning days of the Korean War, three American soldiers retrieve an enemy airman and take him prisoner aboard the civilian ship returning them to their lines. ... See full summary »

Director: George Seaton
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Walker Jr., Nick Adams
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

By the year 1900, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, John Wesley Hardin, and virtually all of the West's legendary outlaws are either dead or in jail pending execution-all of them, that is, ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Bruce Dern, Helen Shaver, Michael C. Gwynne
Certificate: GP Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Howard Nightingale
...
Jack Strawhorn
...
Wesley
James Stacy ...
Harold Hellman
...
Krag
...
Pensteman
...
Pepe
Katherine Woodville ...
Mrs. Cooper
Mark Roberts ...
Mr. Cooper
...
Carla Ross
...
Wiley
William H. Burton Jr. ...
McCanless (as William H. Burton)
Louie Elias ...
Rains
Gus Greymountain ...
Reyno
...
Telegrapher
Edit

Storyline

A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Posse" begins like most Westerns. It ends like none of them. It will knock you off your horse.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La brigade du Texas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was the first role for James Stacy following his 1973 motorcycle accident in which he was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in the loss of his left arm and left leg. Kirk Douglas created the role especially for Stacy. See more »

Goofs

Howard Nightingale breaks his fall with hands that are supposedly cuffed behind his back. See more »

Quotes

Jack Strawhorn: Every day above ground is a good day.
See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Working on the Railroad
(uncredited)
Traditional
The first line is sung during Nightingale's speech
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"You Are About To See The Best!"
12 February 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Well, not 'the best', perhaps, but an interesting and stylish western starring Kirk Douglas, who also produced and directed it. Bruce Dern is great as Strawhorn, the bad guy who ends up stealing the show.

Howard Nightingale is running for a seat in the US Senate. He is a man of great complexity, and one trait very much to the fore in his personality is a ruthless desire to impress the voters. He has assembled a posse of rangers, his own personal uniformed army of crimebusters. Nightingale (played by Douglas) has calculated that he can win the election on a clear-the-territory-of-lowlifes ticket. He and his posse are hunting down Strawhorn, and have fitted out a crusade train for the purpose of capturing their prey. The plan is to grab Strawhorn and hang him just in time for the election.

Nightingale is in the pocket of the railroad owners. The local newspaper is the Tesota Sentinel, and one of the film's themes is the valuable role played by the press in speaking truth to those in power. One-armed, one-legged journalist Harold Hellman (played by James Stacy, who had recently lost both limbs on a motor cycle accident) is the equal of the photogenic wannabe Senator. Nightingale works the crowd with glib words, but his position is being eroded by a different formula of words - that used by The Sentinel.

One of the film's elegant touches is the photography motif. At various points in the story, the participants pose to have their picture taken, and the resulting stills form a freeze-frame chronicle of the action. A lot of post-production work went into dubbing extraneous voices onto the soundtrack, so that the crowd scenes are laced with apposite little remarks.

A violently-burning train provides terrific visuals, as well as offering acerbic comment on Nightingale's political aspirations. The film's concluding message, that by its nature a standing army is a threat to democracy, is well made - as is the point about the fickleness of public opinion.

Verdict - A clever, enjoyable little western.


17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I nuts or..... brooksbono
Kirk + Bruce, Kate + Beth deforest-1
Discuss Posse (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?