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Trackdown -- A Montana rancher (Jim Mitchum) comes to Los Angeles, searching for his runaway sister (Cathy Lee Crosby), who has become entangled in a world of crime, drugs, and prostitution.


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Release Date:
June 1976 (UK) See more »
What if some street punks grabbed her? What if no one would help -- not the cops, the law or the courts? One man had that decision. What he did was illegal. But it was the only way he knew how. See more »
When his sister Betsy packs up and leaves the family's Montana cattle ranch to find fame and fortune in Hollywood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Mitchum ... Jim Calhoun
Karen Lamm ... Betsy Calhoun

Anne Archer ... Barbara

Erik Estrada ... Chucho

Cathy Lee Crosby ... Lynn Strong
Vince Cannon ... Johnny Dee

John Kerry ... Sergeant Miller
Roberto Rodríguez ... Feo
Ernie Wheelwright ... Rosey

Zitto Kazann ... Curtain
Elisabeth Chauver ... Billie
Rafael López ... Barba
Gilbert De la Pena ... Chino
Joe La Due ... Ben
James R. Parkes ... Joe Andrews
Frederick Rule ... Nadino
Don Reed ... Flora

Tony Burton ... Zelds
Lenny Gustavson ... Cowboy

Leslie Simms ... Juvenile officer
Jimmy Stathis ... Young doctor
Lawrence Gabriel Jr. ... Fat counterman (as Larry Gabriel)
Robert Forward ... Lawyer
Simmy Bow ... Counterman

Gus Peters ... Penhandler
John Rayner ... Doctor
Junero Jennings ... Parking Attendant

Dick DeCoit ... Police officer
Russell Shannon ... Traffic cop
Joe Tornatore ... Heavy
Evelyn Guerrero ... Social worker
Rebecca Winters ... Historical girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Sharkey ... Flash

Directed by
Richard T. Heffron 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul F. Edwards 
Ivan Nagy  story

Produced by
Philip Hazelton .... associate producer
Bernard Schwartz .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito 
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
Production Design by
Vincent M. Cresciman 
Art Direction by
Vincent M. Cresciman 
Set Decoration by
Robert C. Bradfield 
Makeup Department
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis E. Jones .... first assistant director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
Sound Department
John Vincent .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
Eddy Donno .... stunt coordinator
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Lynch .... gaffer (as Chris Lynch)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosanna Norton .... wardrober
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor

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Germany:97 min | USA:98 min
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Not a bad, worthwhile drama, of tracking down status, 19 July 2015
Author: videorama-759-859391 from adelaide, australia

Trackdown is another of those well made flicks of the Seventies. The film, though dry in parts, pulls you in with a story, with not such a happy ending, tragic and shocking. The film with it's good intentions, does turn nasty, yet is violently effective, one could say. It's not what you foresee in the early part of this film, especially if judging it, against the country song in the opening. The scenario here has been done, many times, but the nasty turn of incident here, ups the film's merit. We have a bored, young and beautiful girl, (Karen Lamm, who in real life, died quite young, I believe) who's 'spose to be 17. She sets out for Hollywood, leaving her farm and Mumsie behind, who we never see, where we apparently learn from the small informing dialogue, things aren't quite particularly great between the two. Big ox of a brother (Jim Mitcham- Yes Robert's son) returns and sets out to save her. Lamm quickly ends up in a slick sex slavery operation as a high priced call girl, run by a notorious older pimp, Johnny D, who fronts a topless dancer and entertainment agency. An older woman, also in the rackets, and is obviously doing Jonhny D (a younger Ann Archer, at her sexiest) befriends her, while stubborn and determined Mitchum, kicks down doors, and causes a ruckus, trying to find Sis, almost passing her in one scene. What are the chances? He teams up with a young hustler (Chip's Erik Estrada) who was bedding her, while also working with a pretty social worker (Cathy Lee Crosby) who tells the stubborn headed Mitchum, in a heated moment, "The kids run away, cause the parents are such idiots". Mitchum, who's never really been to Hollywood before, as we can gather, later tells Crosby "I've been a hunter all my life. A hunter survives on instinct, and right now my instinct's telling me, it's not good". He couldn't be more right. Sadly, the last thirty minutes of Trackdown is the strongest, starting with that one brutal scene in the bedroom, and in how Mitchum and company use their smarts to gain revenge. Mitchum's character, a man with a plan, you do root for, but too you can't help get angry at him, to how he's ended up in this position, as you don't believe for two secs, he wants to take a step back, and think how this could of been prevented. In this secret context, Mitchum's character is used as an illustration. We need to focus on the problem, for every runaway, so we can prevent kids taking off, with some not so happy fates ensuing. Trackdown isn't the best movie of this kind, but it's a well worth insight into how these sort of things go down, and how the these scumbags operate in a not half bad movie, considering it's era. Trying to Trackdown Trackdown on VHS, etc, well all I can say, is, I wish the best of luck. See what little of Mitchum's face muscles move, or is it, a play down on his character. You decide.

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