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

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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Teddy
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Angel Childress
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Grandma Childress
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Rhea Childress
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Clarisse Ethridge
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Richard Ethridge
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Stephen Ryder
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Lyle Striker
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Radio Preacher
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Ceil Ryder
Sherry Unger ...
Bar Floozy
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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. Written by Michael A Kortt <mkortt@une.edu.au>

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1 February 1980 (Spain)  »

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I epistrofi tou Red Ryder  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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The "Red Ryder" of the movie and source stage play's "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" title refers to a Western comic strip which began in 1938. Created by Fred Harman and Steven Slesinger, the popularly long-running syndicated comic strip ran for twenty-six years until its finish in 1964. See more »

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Clarisse Ethridge: [to her husband Richard]
Clarisse Ethridge: I'm in trouble - and I don't trust you anymore!
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References The Gunfighter (1950) See more »

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The Thrill is Gone
Written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell
Performed by B.B. King
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rebel without a cause for the early 70s
10 September 2003 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

Dont listen to the bad reviews, this is one of the greatest psychological dramas of all time, right up there with WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFE & THE ANNIVERSARY but with way more dark overtones and up dated by utilising the political confusion of the transition between the early 50s and late turbulent 60s. Marjoe Gortner is on fire here as the psychotic ex Nam vet Teddy who singlehandedly terroises the inahbitants and few customers at a roadside diner with psychological terror and intimidation. Sure, the movie drags a little in the first half hour, setting up the case scenarios of the players ala PULP FICTION but by golly when they all meet up at the deserted diner are you in for a treat in psychological warfare. Peter Firth is absolutely fantastic in the role as Stephen (Red) Ryder and this really can be seen as a coming of age film and a depressing view into the life of Jerry Springer style poor white trash in small country towns. There is a 90s movie titled ALBINO ALLIGATOR that borrows heavily from this movie but falls oh so short. Red Ryder improves with repeated viewings and starts to resmble a black comedy in places. Itll make you laugh, sigh, frightened and when it gets going will have you at the very edge of your seat.This movie is awesome and should be re-submitted for its deserved (but currently out of reach) cult status. My second favourite movie of all time. love it or hate it you wont regret it. For those who hated it I plead for you to check this out again. There is way more in this film that meets the eye.Although far from being first rate technically this is without doubt a brilliant film on many other rare untouched levels.Now can some one out there release this on DVD already!??? I also recommend seeing the MARJOE documentary..AFTER this movie....essential viewing.


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