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Release Date:
1 February 1980 (Spain) See more »
As savage as "MIDNIGHT EXPRESS" See more »
Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Discomforting profile of a human wrecking ball. See more (30 total) »


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Candy Clark ... Cheryl

Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy

Stephanie Faracy ... Angel Childress
Dixie Harris ... Grandma Childress

Anne Ramsey ... Rhea Childress

Lee Grant ... Clarisse Ethridge

Hal Linden ... Richard Ethridge

Peter Firth ... Stephen Ryder

Pat Hingle ... Lyle Striker

Bill McKinney ... Tommy Clark
Alex Colon ... Younger Mexican Man
Joe Hernandez ... Older Mexican Man

Leon Russell ... Radio Preacher

Audra Lindley ... Ceil Ryder
Sherry Unger ... Bar Floozy
Elaine Story ... Bowling Alley Waitress
Riley Hill ... Junior Ferguson
Carmen Ledoux ... Mexican Waitress
Tiny Wells ... Walter
Ron Soble ... Sheriff Garcia

Robert Easton ... Customs Man
Barry Cahill ... Customs Doctor
Mark Medoff ... Faith Healer
Albert Pena ... Mexican Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamie Hilliard ... And the Countrymen (uncredited)
Hovie Lister ... And the Statesmen (uncredited)

Directed by
Milton Katselas 
Writing credits
Mark Medoff (screenplay)

Mark Medoff (play)

Produced by
Marjoe Gortner .... producer
Paul Maslansky .... co-producer
Melvin Simon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Jules Brenner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Bob Benton)
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
Joy Zapata .... hairdresser
Production Management
Don Goldman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Hsu .... second assistant director
David Whorf .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ralph Aubert .... property master
Robert Boettcher .... assistant property master (as Bob Boettcher)
Jerry Kobold .... leadman (as Gerald Kobold)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
Mark Poll .... set designer
Sound Department
James A. Corbett .... effects mixer
Charles Grenzbach .... dialogue mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Donald F. Johnson .... production sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Christopher Ramsey .... boom operator (as Chris Ramsey)
Jules Strasser .... boom operator (as Ringo Strasser)
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Mike Brooker .... grip best boy
Greer Cavagnaro .... still photographer
Armando Contreras .... dolly grip
Randy Glass .... best boy
Richard Hart .... gaffer (as Dick Hart)
Jim Lucas .... camera operator
Jim Mazzula .... assistant camera (as Jim Mazzulla)
Ed Nielsen .... assistant camera
James Pergola .... camera operator (as Jim Pergola)
Steve Peterson .... assistant camera
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joseph D. Steuben .... camera operator: second unit (as Joe Steuben)
Mike Sweeten .... camera operator: second unit
John Winner .... assistant camera (as Johnny Winner)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... wardrobe: Miss Grant
Editorial Department
Thure Gustafson .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Joel Fein .... music mixer
Jill Fraser .... electronic musician
Craig Huxley .... electronic musician (as Craig Hundley)
Jack Nitzsche .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation captain (as Jerry Molen)
Other crew
Wallace Beene .... unit publicist (as Wally Beene)
John Dutton .... script supervisor
Margaret Hanly .... script supervisor
Wendie Margolis .... assistant to producer
Mac Melzer .... production accountant
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production controller (as Alicia Alon)
Lata Ryan .... production secretary

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Australia:113 min | USA:118 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [Mark Medoff]The film's screenwriter and source playwright as a Faith Healer.See more »
Customs Man:Do you have anything to declare?
Teddy:Two gallons of rum, and a considerable amount of cocaine!
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Movie Connections:
References "Mission: Impossible" (1966)See more »
Four in the MorningSee more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Discomforting profile of a human wrecking ball., 2 February 2004
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

A greasy diner at the apex of a one-horse New Mexico town is the primary setting for one of the most unfairly critically savaged movies of the 1970s. Within this diner, a dangerously impetuous drifter reeling with post-'Nam hostilities(Marjoe Gortner)and his acquiescent, unassuming girlfriend(Candy Clark)subdue a number of people at gunpoint, and proceed to emotionally and physically terrorize them.

A raw and disconcerting rural American nightmare, RED RYDER was a target for much critical assault upon its initial theatrical release. While its certainly not without its peccadilloes(the supine staginess of its exposition, for instance), it does impart potent moments of nerve-rattling discomposure, and puts forth some penetrating and incisive character studies which are dramatically vitalized by an able cast.

All things considered, this is a blemished film worthy of reinvestigation which deserves some long-withheld acknowledgments.


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