Eddie Macon's Run (1983)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  23 March 1983 (USA)
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A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl 'Buster' Marzack
Eddie Macon
Jilly Buck
Lisa Dunsheath ...
Kay Potts
Leah Ayres ...
Daryl Potts
J.C. Quinn ...
Gil Rogers ...
Rudy Potts
Desk Sergeant
Sheriff Nighblack
Susan Bongard ...
Ray Banes
Bill DeWeese ...
Officer #12
Desk Clerk


A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

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Eddie Macon is running from a nightmare... running to a dream... and running for his life.


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23 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szökés - Eddie Macon futása  »

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$1,300,000 (USA)

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Kirk Douglas received top first billing and John Schneider received second billing. See more »


Carl 'Buster' Marzack: A good hunter never chases. He waits.
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Music by Norton Buffalo & Michael Hinton
Words by Norton Buffalo
Performed by John Schneider
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"Balls spelled backwards is desperation." You learn something new every day!
25 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Eddie Macon (John Schneider of 'Dukes of Hazzard' TV fame) is a basically good man, who's ended up in prison on trumped-up charges. Before the movie begins, he's already attempted one escape, and as it opens, he's pulling off another one. If he gets caught again, he's going back in for life. He takes off on foot for Mexico, to reunite with his wife Chris (Leah Ayres) and son Bobby (Matthew Meece). Relentlessly pursuing him is stubborn, over the hill detective Carl Marzack (Kirk Douglas), who wants to prove to himself that he's still got what it takes to be a cop. At least, that's what he tells a friend.

In his first film vehicle, the engaging Schneider does a creditable job, playing a likable enough guy with the odds stacked against him. Among other episodes, Eddie will be threatened by a snake, tormented by redneck ranching family the Potts, and end up in the company of Jilly Buck (lovely Lee Purcell, delivering the movies' most interesting performance), who is willing to provide him assistance for no other reason than that it's a "slow Wednesday". Schneider provides a fair amount of beefcake moments for those that are interested, and also croons two songs on the soundtrack.

Competently shot (by James A. Contner), decently paced (director Jeff Kanew, who adapted the novel by James McLendon, was also the editor), and well acted, "Eddie Macon's Run" is not a great chase picture, but it is an adequate one, although there may be viewers that will wish there was more action. (There's actually only ONE car crash in this whole thing.) Douglas may be a little old for his role, but he's fun to watch. The first rate supporting cast features a respectable amount of familiar faces: Lisa Dunsheath, Tom Noonan, and Jay O. Sanders as the aforementioned Potts family, J.C. Quinn, Gil Rogers, Todd Allen, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Matthew Cowles, Vic Polizos, Dann Florek, J.T. Walsh (in his film debut), John Goodman, and Mark Margolis.

All in all, "Eddie Macon's Run" is not memorable but it IS entertaining.

Seven out of 10.

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