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Mac Traven
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Dal Traven
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Sissy Traven
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Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
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Yankee Officer
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Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
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Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
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Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
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Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
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Sheriff Miles Gillette
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Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
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Devol
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Ma Traven
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Pa Traven
Natalie May ...
Heather Traven
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Tom Selleck (TV's Magnum P.I.) and Sam Elliot (Tombstone) star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiance, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the f...

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They rode against rebels and gunrunners, renegades and thieves! See more »

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28 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders  »

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Some of the country filming was obviously done to the west of Jamestown California in the foothills where there is really no town. See more »

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When Colonel Holiday Hammond and Major Cooper Ashbury are bringing their prisoners ashore in Laguna Madre, Mexico, three of the lifeboats are facing the shore bow first, but the fourth lifeboat is facing the shore stern first, which would make it both very difficult to paddle generally, and very difficult to beach specifically, since the bow is designed both to slice the water, and to ride up over the sand. It is also the first of the four lifeboats to come ashore, which is not likely, considering the additional resistance that boat is facing. What is more likely is that a backward facing lifeboat, encountering more resistance, would be noticeably behind the three boats facing the shore bow first. See more »

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Sheriff Miles Gillette: Jack Traven's going back to Texas.
Dal Traven: We're all goin' back to Texas. Uncle Jack's is ridin' with us.
Sheriff Miles Gillette: You boys busted your Uncle jack outta jail, now I'm willin' to let that slide.
Jesse Traven: You ain't got no authority down here. What'd he do anyhow?
Sheriff Miles Gillette: What'd he DO? This man's a horse thief, a renegade, a double dealin' lyin' womanizin'...
Mac Traven: Womanizin' ain't against the law.
Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven: Go ahead. Tell 'em, Gillette, how you been sittin' on your rump all these year and all of a sudden you start chasin' me till I 'bout turned ...
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Not As Good As It Looks On The Surface
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If three guys ever looked like rugged, craggy-faced cowboys, it has to be the trio that starred in this made-for-TV movie: Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck and Ben Johnson. With those guys, and a whole lot more, and a story written by Louis L'Amour, this is about as western a Western as you'll ever find.....and it should be better than it is.

There is just too much "Rambo" mentality in the good guys never get hit and the bad guys get hit with every shot. That, and a few comments made such as "(adultry) is no big deal" has no place in this story and that kind of liberalism is more with the filmmakers than the people of the Old West.

The film is just "fair" in about every aspect, nothing of note, despite a lot of similarities (cast and author) as the better-made "The Sacketts."


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