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The Shadow Riders (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Romance | Western  -  28 September 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mac 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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Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
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Sheriff Miles Gillette
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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' fianc?es, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas whorefuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the f... Written by Anonymous

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In the book, the descriptions for Mac and Dal are flip-flopped. Selleck should have played Dal and Elliott should have played Mac. See more »

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Pretty Much the Most Moronic Premise Ever
27 June 2005 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I have not read the Louis L'Amour novel on which this is allegedly based, but hopefully L'Amour's original has a little more going for it in the credibility department. Rock Hudson's CSA officer in "The Undefeated" tested the credibility threshold but at least there was a twisted sort of logic to his goal in that movie. Such is not the case here and you are left waiting for the guys in the white coats to sedate Geoffrey Lewis and take him away to the quiet room.

Which is unfortunate because it wastes great chemistry in the pairing of Selleck and Elliott. The titles and the credit sequences are first class with "period" stills Civil War daguerreotypes.

The return home of the brothers is the highlight of the film and almost makes the thing worth watching. Jane Greer and Harry Carey, Jr. are excellent in this very moving film moment.

Katherine Ross has a nothing role and it is too bad Dominique Dunne ended her career playing a minor supporting role in a wasted opportunity movie.

Ben Johnson seems to enjoy himself in this although he probably should have been taken to that quiet room along with Lewis.

A good strategy is to watch the first 25 minutes up until the first beach scene, then walk away because you will have seen everything worth watching by that point.


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