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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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Yet another western, though it is made watchable by a few new story angles. 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 ... McCanless
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
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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 .... 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:
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 »
Goofs:
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:
For He's A Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Yet another western, though it is made watchable by a few new story angles., 4 May 2005
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Kirk Douglas had already directed the somewhat terrible Scalawag in 1973, but that previous flop did not deter him from having a second stab at the directing job a couple of years on. Fortunately, Posse is a much more accomplished film than Scalawag in every way: Douglas's own direction is more assured, the script by Christopher Knopf and William Roberts is very literate and clever, and Fred Koenekamp's cinematography has a good, professional look about it. By 1975, one would have thought that there would be little mileage left in the western genre. It seemed that nothing new could be done, but this one comes up with a fresh twist by having the "hero" gradually revealed as an unlikable and ambitious social climber.

Marshal Howard Nightingale (Douglas) publicly announces that he will bring in infamous railroad bandit Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern). Although Strawhorn is a criminal of considerable notoriety - and definitely a man who belongs behind bars - Nightingale has an ulterior motive for apprehending his man. For the good Marshal has decided to run for the Texan senate, and believes that if he can nail Strawhorn - painting himself as a hero into the bargain - he will win over plenty of voters. Gradually, more and more people begin to see through Nightingale's selfish and egotistical political plans. His own posse have their doubts about how they will figure in the Marshal's future schemes; a news editor named Hellman (James Stacy) expresses distrust over the Marshal's ludicrously self-important opinion of himself; even Strawhorn eventually realises what his sly adversary is up to. Ultimately, Nightingale loses his posse and his public favour, with a little clever intervention from Strawhorn, and sees his political dreams left in tatters.

The critical response to Posse was much more favourable than Douglas's previous directing attempt, and deservedly so. The western action in the film is good, solid stuff, not too violent (as was the trend in '75), but certainly tough enough to satisfy genre addicts. Douglas gives a strong performance as the absurdly self-obsessed marshal, and Dern is even better as the charismatic, even likable, bandit. The subversive nature of the plot (hero gradually turns out to be villain, villain gradually turns out to be hero) is intriguing and fairly fresh, and helps to add interest to the film. While Posse has occasional lulls, and a few noticeably amateurish performances lower down the cast list, it remains a fresh, interesting, and intriguing addition to a virtually exhausted genre.

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