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Posse -- 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.


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22 August 1975 (Sweden) See more »
"Posse" begins like most Westerns. It ends like none of them. It will knock you off your horse.
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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  (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
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
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
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
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 21 mins) When an outlaw is being "crushed" by a burning wall in the opening raid, he may clearly be seen going backwards and headfirst into a hidey hole screen left.See more »
Jack Strawhorn:[to Howard Nightingale] Honest men stay honest only as long as it pays. That's why I'm a thief and you're a liar.See more »
For He's A Jolly Good FellowSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Definitely unique among Westerns, 8 June 2011
Author: addicott from United States

On screen I find Kirk Douglas to be without peer, but I have come to admire him as much if not more for his real-life advocacy of some highly unorthodox, yet worthy projects.

If this movie doesn't rank among his very best, it is still remarkable for how unapologetically it goes against the grain and makes a very bold personal statement (one that was not so popular at the time but resonates to this day). All the while he is producing and directing himself in what proves to be a rather unflattering role. I can't think of anyone else who would have the real-life grit to do such a thing - Kirk Douglas has done so repeatedly with aplomb.

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