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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Childress
Dixie Harris ...
Grandma Childress
Rhea Childress
Richard Ethridge
Stephen Ryder
Tommy Clark
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 <mkortt@une.edu.au>

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When this man gets up, be prepared to face the most powerful emotional experience of your life. See more »




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Release Date:

1 February 1980 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

I epistrofi tou Red Ryder  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Lyle Striker: Service is the name of the game.
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References Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) See more »


Are You Sincere
Written by Wayne Walker
Performed by Andy Williams
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Amazing Performance from Marjoe Gortner!
14 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Marjoe Gortner's performance in this film will amaze you. He holds your attention the way a snake will stare down its prey to keep it docile and thoroughly cowed until dying time. One gets a taste of the incredible reserves of passion and energy he exuded as a preacher in his performance here as a scruffy criminal who holds a disparate group of characters hostage in a roadside diner in the middle of New Mexico.(For more on this amazing man watch 1972's Oscar-winning MARJOE)

Gortner is supported by a fine cast which includes Hal Linden, Lee Grant,Peter Firth and Pat Hingle, among others. This is another one of those undeservedly unknown movies that will really knock your socks off if you can manage to see it anywhere. Highly recommended.

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