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The Shadow Riders (1982)

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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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)
Ben Fuhrman ...
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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Sometimes you have to start a war to finish one. See more »

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Romance | Western

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PG | See all certifications »

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28 September 1982 (USA)  »

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Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders  »

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Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and Jeff Osterhage wanted to do another western together after they did The Sacketts (1979). They contacted that film's writer, Louis L'Amour and asked him to write a story idea for them. This film was the result. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, a group of northern soldiers appears, leading Dal. When they stop and Dal goes ahead, the soldiers stay in double line. Soon after they are in a single line. See more »

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Mac Traven: Excuse me. I seem to have caught you in the middle of something.
Outlaw: We're just havin' a little fun. I mean, up till now, it's just been swattin' moskeeters. Now we're gonna hang us a Reb.
Mac Traven: Get 'im down.
Outlaw: What for? You're a Yankee aintcha?
Mac Traven: That's right.
Outlaw: Well this man's a Reb! A damned Reb! Why you botherin'?
Mac Traven: Usually wouldn't. Cept this one happens to be my brother.
[Mac cocks his pistol and points it at the outlaw]
Mac Traven: Get him down.
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Rather Disappointed
16 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot in westerns, I have to say that I was underwhelmed with the show. I actually bought the DVD just because it had Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot AND was a Louis L'Amour story. I had not heard of it but figured I couldn't go wrong. While the combination of Selleck, Elliot and L'Amour should have been golden, they turned out to be brass. The production value was very "television" (it was made for TV). It is what it is in that regard. However the action sequences were (IMHO) amateur. The hero knocks out the bad guy with one punch. The bad guys never see the hero's sneaking through the bushes in broad daylight. It just had a typical 80's TV show feel to it. I still felt it was worth the purchase for Selleck and Elliot even if the story and production didn't support them very well.


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