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 »
When Strawhorn plans his breakout on the train, he rigs a garrote from a piece of wire taken apart from a broom and lashes Wesley tightly by the neck to the bars of the cell. Later when Wesley answers Strawhorn's call to come to his room where Nightingale is kept hostage, there isn't even the slightest hint of redness or abrasion on his neck from the event. See more »
While running for U.S. Senator, publicity-conscious Texas marshal Kirk Douglas (as Howard Nightingale) captures bandit Bruce Dern (as Jack Strawhorn) - but the outlaw turns the tables on the lawman... "Posse" is a well-constructed film in that you can see the lawman and outlaw change places, and your expectations (at least in 1975) may not be met at the conclusion. It promises to "knock you off your horse."
This is a Kirk Douglas production in which he stars and directs. A generous man, Mr. Douglas gives the best part in the drama to Mr. Dern. Douglas also casts Bo Hopkins (as Wesley) well, and puts James Stacy (as Harold Hellman) in a dignified role - the "Lancer" TV hero had lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident.
In most cases, you do not watch a film and "see" the director at work. Or, if it's someone like Alfred Hitchcock, the director's presence becomes unobtrusive, and most critics will complain if there are no obvious directorial "touches" in evidence. In truth, interest in the story should be above the director's art.
Here, you often "see" Douglas at work. It takes you out of the story often during the first half while what is happening is secondary to the cast and camera playing by Douglas (with terrific photography from Fred Koenekamp). Douglas did not have the opportunity to develop a "style" - or the train sequences in this film might have been considered classic Douglas. They are very nicely done, and the ending isn't bad, either.
******* Posse (6/4/75) Kirk Douglas ~ Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins, James Stacy
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