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The Shadow Riders (1982)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mac Traven
Dal Traven
Sissy Traven
Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
Yankee Officer
Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
Jeff Osterhage ...
Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Gene Evans ...
Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
Sheriff Miles Gillette
Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
Ben Fuhrman ...
Ma Traven
Pa Traven
Natalie May ...
Heather Traven


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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Romance | Western


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28 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders  »

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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 »


When Dal is rescued by the rebels just before being shot by a Union firing squad, he is seen in conversation removing the rope that has been tied around his wrists. The various camera angles show him removing the rope, without the rope, with the rope and still removing the rope. See more »

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Totally Entertaining
20 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cast of Ben Johnson, Sam Elliot, and Tom Selleck in a western is unbeatable.

Some have compared this movie to The Sacketts (same writer, same cast), and gave is something of a pan.

I found the story line in general, and a couple of the sub-plots, very very entertaining. I think you have to recognize that adultery has been around since the beginning of time. The treatment of of Uncle Jack (Ben Johnson) reminded me a lot of one of my uncles, and the dialog just sounded right.

While the scenery may have looked a little California, the place settings in Texas were genuine - Big Springs and Baffin Bay are real places. Baffin Bay is at the south end of Padre Island off Laguna Madre

  • home of the best bay fishing in Texas.

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