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I remember seeing this on TV the late 70's, and was surprised to see
how well it holds up nearly 3 decades later. Although the story of a
harassed rancher has been done many times, the casting and writing here
were a notch above the ordinary.
Robert Forster was very good here, with great support from Linda Evans. Chuck Connors (of Rifleman fame) was very good in this film... he was a much better actor than most folks realize. Buck Taylor is also featured in this interesting film. Fans of westerns, family drama and outdoor films should really enjoy this one.
The film is available on VHS, but I have yet to see it out on DVD. Check this one out !
Standing Tall - was filmed almost entirely in Siskiyou County, California. The opening scene and the branding scenes were filmed on our ranch in Siskiyou County. The rodeo scene was filmed at the Etna, California rodeo grounds. The final shootout scene was filmed on Forest Mountain between Yreka and Fort Jones. The stockyard scenes were shot at Siskiyou stockyards near Yreka, California. I originally was renting our ranch locations and horses, cattle and wagons to the movie company. When they were filming a chase scene a lot of the extras fell off their horses so we were holding the stock and were put in to finish the scene. After that we got to be in quite a bit of the movie. Some of the indoor scenes were shot in Little Shasta and south of Medford, Oregon. Ron Lillard the local fair manager and a professional rodeo announcer announced the rodeo. In the scene where one of the rodeo contestants got hung up and walked on - this really happened and was kept in the movie. Will Sampson was quite an artist and was always drawing stills of some of the scenes in the movie. Sammy Thurman a great rodeo lady in her own right did the roping and stand ins for Linda Evans. Billy Burton was one of the stunt men and did filming from horseback. Buck Taylor was a pleasure to be around and has become an accomplished western artist. Have further interest -- E-mail me at email@example.com ---------------
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This picture was released on January 21 1978 Starring: The young and
beautiful Linda Evans as Jill Shasta, Robert Forster as Luke Shasta,
Chuck Conners as Major Roland Hartline and Will Sampson as Lonny Moon.
Summary: Set in the background of Montana in the year 1934 a young Indian half-breed is trying to run his on ranch. The movie opens with a man in a car pulling in front of the Shasta house. Luke is given an invitation to appear at a party, which is being given by the ruthless Major Roland Hartline. When the Major tries to talk Shasta into selling his ranch Shasta says no and him and his wife Jill walk out. Therefore, Luke, Jill, and Lonny go out on the ranch to bring the cattle that have been out all year in for the market. While branding there own cattle they come across one of Hartline calf. Luke the man that he is decides to take the calf back to Hartline where it belongs. Shasta goes into to Hartline territory to find out that Hartline has one of his bulls. So Luke, Jill and Lonny roundup the cattle and drive them to the market place. After Shasta gets his cattle there, he's told that he can only get 15 cents a head. When Luke starts to walkout with his cattle, the price goes up to 17 cents a head. After 6 months of hard work and labor, Luke is told by the bank manager that he has only $250.00 to last him through the winter. Therefore, Shasta and Lonny decide to go to the local tavern to get a drink of whiskey for all there blood, sweat and tears. While in the bar, they start to have words with Hartline supervisor Nate Rackley because the bartender won't serve them. The reason is that Lonny is an ****** and they get into a fistfight with Hartline men. Therefore, Shasta and Lonny decide that the only way there going to make money is to join the rodeo. After several tough events, Shasta walks away with a $50.00 prize money and a trophy. When 2 guys take of with Lonny money Luke and Lonny go looking for them and find them at the local girly house. Luke and Jill wait all night as Lonny takes care of some personal needs. When they get back to the ranch, the Sheriff is waiting to take Shasta in to jail because Nate presses charges of assault. When the case is thrown out of court because of a hung jury, Hartline takes things to the next level that could involve cattle rustling, rape and maybe even murder.
My Thoughts: I bought this movie because I was a Linda Evans fan. Linda acting was excellent in playing the role of Jill Shasta. The filming in Montana was beautiful to which help make the picture better. Even though you didn't see much of Linda Evans other then jeans I give this movie 8 weasel stars. If you like, this movie on DVD you can get it at Amazon.com
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