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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 »
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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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(5 articles)
Movie Poster of the Week: Kirk Douglas’s “Posse”
 (From MUBI. 13 June 2014, 6:05 AM, PDT)

Bruce Dern to collect Psiff honour
 (From ScreenDaily. 19 November 2013, 6:00 AM, PST)

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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
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
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Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thinking one step ahead, 9 August 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

U.S Marshal Howard Nightingale is a man who has big political aspirations and to achieve this dream. He and his posse of deputies go after an out-law Jack Strawhorn. When Nightingale captures Strawhorn, just like his other captors or conquests he exploits it through the media for public support. Strawhorn would be Nightingale's ticket into the US senate, but Strawhorn thinks otherwise.

Can westerns be too low-key? 'Posse' felt so. Kirk Douglas directs and stars in this understated, but thoroughly ambitious under-the-radar western that had something cynical to say when it came to its closing credits. Quite heavy-handed and aware of its messages (money buys loyalty with the guys donning their badges being no better than the outlaws and representing an image (the people's?) to manipulative achieve a politically upper-hand), but the story's format is just so odd and subversive. The western conventions are there, but by the end William Roberts and Christopher Knopf's cleverly sharp (if sly) material basically turned it upside down with an ironic turn of events. It has that fragrance of the pioneer Hollywood westerns, but its punishing violence and sexual inclusions with a quiet, but powerful conclusion roots it in the 70s. The unusual theme to it and the effortlessly collected and cool-witted performances of Kirk Douglas and Bruce Dern (who shared a terrific chemistry) cover for how mechanical the film did look. Nothing totally skillful or stylish about it. Douglas' direction is raggedly rough and a little too plain. However some action shootouts and chase sequences were competently entertaining, but when the violence did hit, it wasn't presented in such a meaningless parade. It went hand-to-hand with the thoughtful nature of the script. Dick O'Neill's taut, but at times flashy photography is fluidly shot and Maurice Jarre's uncanny score is strongly delivered. Supporting Douglas and Dern (who's character's made great for sparing confrontations) is excellent performances by Bo Hopkins, James Stacy, Beth Brickell, Dick O'Neill and Alfonso Arau. A western that's too interesting to pass up because of the calculating tone lurking underneath.

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