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4 June 1976 (West Germany) See more »
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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 »
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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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Cast

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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 
 
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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
 
Stunts
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
 

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Germany:97 min | USA:98 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good entertainment., 22 December 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Robert Mitchums' eldest son James shows off that trademark Mitchum cool in this mostly routinely written but capably directed little B movie. Whatever it may lack in nuance it makes up for with a pretty solid fun factor. There *is* one sequence that does stand out, and that's a climactic bit of action involving elevators. Otherwise, this is reasonably engaging stuff, written by Paul F. Edwards (based on a story by Ivan Nagy), and directed by Richard T. Heffron ("Futureworld").

Mitchum is good in a low key portrayal of Montana rancher Jim Calhoun, who travels to L.A. in search of his kid sister Betsy (lovely and appealing Karen Lamm ("The Unseen")), who's run away. Soon after she arrived in the city, some lowlifes took advantage of her, and she gets mixed up in a world of prostitution and drugs. At first, Jim is forced to deal with one useless person after another who either can't or won't help. But he does get assistance from Chucho (Erik Estrada), who was one of the young punks that targeted her, but experienced a change of heart. And social worker Lynn (Cathy Lee Crosby) also helps out.

One good thing about "Trackdown" is that it does move forward quite well, maintaining viewer interest consistently. It's got fine cinematography (by Gene Polito) and a nice music score (by Charles Bernstein) going for it. A decent supporting cast also helps matters; young and beautiful Anne Archer is delightful as Barbara, a call girl who shows sympathy towards Betsy, and Vince Cannon is appropriately scummy as nasty mafioso Johnny Dee. The late, great Ray Sharkey plays the small role of Flash and Tony Burton ("Assault on Precinct 13" '76, the "Rocky" series) can be seen as a transvestite.

The character of Jim is worth rooting for, and the story leads towards a final confrontation that packs a good visceral punch. Fans of the action genre will likely see this as an effective diversion.

Seven out of 10.

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