Endangered Species (1982)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  10 September 1982 (USA)
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About a retired New York cop on Vacation in America's West who is drawn into a female sheriff's investigation of a mysterious series of cattle killings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruben Castle
Harriet Purdue
Joe Hiatt
Ben Morgan
Marin Kanter ...
Mackenzie Castle
Dr. Emmer
Margery Bond ...
Judy Hiatt
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Alvin Crow ...
Deputy Wayne
Ned Dowd ...
Deputy Bobby


Thriller about a New York ex-cop and an attractive female sheriff who fall in love while investigating a string of mysterious cattle mutilations in a small Colorado town. Urich is great as Reuben Castle, the retired alcoholic police lieutenant out visiting the town with his tomboy daughter. At first he tries to stay out of the case but finds himself involved after the mysterious death of his friend Joe Hiatt, the editor of the local paper whose theories about black helicopters have aroused the ire of cattle baron Ben Morgan. Trying miserably to stay sober, Castle finds himself back in danger and in love, as he and the sheriff work together to get to the bottom of the mystery, encountering incredible danger and resistance from the frightened locals. Written by Unknown

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What you don't know can kill you.


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10 September 1982 (USA)  »

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A Morte Vem do Céu  »

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The character Susan is played by Heather Menzies-Urich, co-star Robert Urich's off-screen wife. Menzies is best known as Louisa, one of the children in The Sound of Music (1965). See more »


Joe Hiatt: You know in almost every case, bright lights in the sky, no tracks, strange noises...
Ruben Castle: UFOs, huh?
Joe Hiatt: Look pal, if it's UFOs, it's bigger than all of us. That's like saying God did it. But if it's not UFOs...
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Composed and Performed by Hoyt Axton
Courtesy of Jeremiah Records
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Well-Made Sci-Fi Film
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Robert Urich and Jobeth Williams star in this fairly competant issue. Urich plays a single dad who while on vacation with his daughter starts to investigate a series of cattle mutilations. Good beginning and middle but ending could have been better.

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