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22 August 1975 (Sweden) See more »
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"Posse" begins like most Westerns. It ends like none of them. It will knock you off your horse.
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A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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(5 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kirk Douglas ... Howard Nightingale

Bruce Dern ... Jack Strawhorn

Bo Hopkins ... Wesley
James Stacy ... Harold Hellman

Luke Askew ... Krag

David Canary ... Pensteman

Alfonso Arau ... Pepe
Katherine Woodville ... Mrs. Cooper
Mark Roberts ... Mr. Cooper

Beth Brickell ... Carla Ross

Dick O'Neill ... Wiley
William H. Burton Jr. ... McCanless (as William H. Burton)
Louie Elias ... Rains
Gus Greymountain ... Reyno

Allan Warnick ... Telegrapher
Roger Behrstock ... Buwalda
Jess Riggle ... Hunsinger
Stephanie Steele ... Amy

Melody Thomas Scott ... Laurie
Dick Armstrong ... Shanty principal
Larry Finley ... Shanty principal
Pat Tobin ... Shanty principal

Directed by
Kirk Douglas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Knopf 
William Roberts 

Produced by
Kirk Douglas .... producer
Phil Feldman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
 
Film Editing by
John W. Wheeler 
 
Production Design by
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist
Loren Cosand .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Peter Douglas .... post-production supervisor
Howard Pine .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kehoe .... second assistant director
Jack Roe .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Stafford .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects supervisor
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects foreman
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jules Brenner .... additional photographer
Jules Brenner .... camera operator: additional photography
Orlando Suero .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Michael Kennedy .... extras casting
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joel Douglas .... assistant to producer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jack N. Young .... location manager
 

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92 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Pepe says to Strawhorn "What'd you expect...Joaquin Murrieta?" This is a reference to Joaquin Carrillo Murrieta, an infamous bandit during the 1850s California Gold Rush.See more »
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Anachronisms: US Senators were not directly elected at the time of the film's setting. They were appointed by State Legislatures until the 17th Amendment in 1913.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Strawhorn:Every day above ground is a good day.See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Been Working on the RailroadSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
To the Polls, You Sons of Freedom, 17 November 2011
Author: JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com

The US electorate was still reeling from the discovery that its forces of law and order were apparently riddled with corruption when Kirk Douglas's Posse was released, and it's from this background that the film appears to draw its story. Douglas plays Nightingale who, at face value appears to be an ostensibly upright crusading law enforcer on the trail of Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern) and his band of outlaws. However, he's motivated not so much by a desire to serve his adoring public, but to use the issue of crime to further his own ambitions to become a senator. Strawhorn, like the crack posse of lawman who work for Nightingale, is therefore nothing more than an instrument exploited by Nightingale to help him obtain his dream.

Bruce Dern makes a wholly likable villain who, in a way, is more honest than his pursuer in as much as he makes no secret of who or what he is, and is in fact more principled than Nightingale. Strawhorn attempts to reason with a lone lawman who is attempting to prevent him from leaving town, assuring him that he (the lawman) will die if he tries to take him on. Nightingale, when faced with a band of hapless misfits attempting to give themselves up simply has them all mercilessly slaughtered. Douglas's Nightingale is a man confined – and therefore defined – by his ambition, but once his people see through him he is nothing more than a powerless bully issuing empty threats. It's a shame that Posse isn't directed by a more experienced director, as it has all the ingredients to make it a great movie in the hands of a director with the necessary insight and ambition. Unfortunately, Douglas just doesn't pass muster behind the camera, so the film remains intriguing without ever being entirely successful.

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