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When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1 February 1980 (Spain)
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Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Childress
Dixie Harris ...
Grandma Childress
Rhea Childress
Clarisse Ethridge
Richard Ethridge
Stephen Ryder
Lyle Striker
Bill McKinney ...
Alex Colon ...
Younger Mexican Man
Joe Hernandez ...
Older Mexican Man
Radio Preacher
Ceil Ryder
Sherry Unger ...
Bar Floozy


Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture. Written by Michael A Kortt <>

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He's Gettin' Even with every woman whoever slapped your face - and every man who ever treated you like dirt! See more »




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1 February 1980 (Spain)  »

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I epistrofi tou Red Ryder  »

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The name of the Texan rest-stop restaurant in El Paso, Texas was "Foster's Diner". See more »


Clarisse Ethridge: [to her husband Richard]
Clarisse Ethridge: I am NOT your added appendage!
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References The Gunfighter (1950) See more »


The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Hugo Montenegro
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Excellent psychological thriller!!
15 April 2000 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This unique psychological thriller is a decent adaptation of Mark Medoff's brilliant play in which a psychopathic Viet-Nam vet holds a diverse group of individuals hostage in an isolated New Mexico diner in 1968. He then slowly exposes each of the their fears, faults, desires and ulterior motives while challenging American ideals, morals and heroism in transition.

This rarely seen film's box office was marred its long title, difficult to market subject matter and lack of well-known stars. However, each of the half dozen or so actors turn in brilliant performances as their fascades are slowly torn down by the vet (played by former child evangelist, Marjoe Gortner) whose intuition and captivating rants are exceeded only by his intimidating demeanor, and mind-blowing innuendo - the crux of which is born upon Red whose James Dean persona makes him an easy target considering the timeframe.

Comparatively speaking, this film can best be be described as a darker, grown up version of "The Breakfast Club" although much more fascinating and thought-provoking.

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