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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.
Plot:
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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"You Are About To See The Best!" See more (19 total) »

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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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 »
Soundtrack:
I've Been Working on the RailroadSee more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"You Are About To See The Best!", 12 February 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

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.

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