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Writer:
John Hunter (written by)
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Release Date:
18 March 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The robber who'll steal your heart [UK Video] See more »
Plot:
When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Extraordinary (& unorthodox) Western! See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Richard Farnsworth ... Miner

Jackie Burroughs ... Kate
Ken Pogue ... Jack Budd

Wayne Robson ... Shorty
Timothy Webber ... Fernie
Gary Reineke ... Detective Seavey
David Petersen ... Louis Colquhoun
Don MacKay ... Al Sims (as Don Mackay)
Samantha Langevin ... Jenny
Tom Heaton ... Tom

Jim McLarty ... Accomplice (as James McLarty)
George Dawson ... Accomplice
Ray Michal ... Gunsmith

Stephen E. Miller ... Danny Young
David L. Crowley ... Oregon Train Crew - Engineer
David McCulley ... Oregon Train Crew - Fireman

Garry Chalk ... Oregon Train Crew - Mail Clerk (as Gary Chalk)
Jack Leaf ... Shopkeeper
Isaac Hislop ... Town Boy
Sean Sullivan ... Newspaper Editor

Bill Murdoch ... Mission Train Crew - Engineer
Jack Ackroyd ... Mission Train Crew - Fireman
Nicholas Rice ... Mission Train Crew - Mail Clerk
Frank C. Turner ... Hotel Clerk (as Frank Turner)
Bill Meilen ... Ducks Train Crew - Engineer
David Raines ... Ducks Train Crew - Fireman
Paul Coeur ... Ducks Train Crew - Conductor (as Paul Jolicoeur)
Mel Tuck ... Ducks Train Crew - Baggage Clerk
Peter John ... Sergeant Wilson

Paul Whitney ... The Mountie
David Ackridge ... The Mountie
Murray Ord ... The Mountie
Tom Glass ... The Mountie
Antony Holland ... Judge (as Anthony Holland)
Jon York ... Prison Guard
John Owen ... Piano Player
Lisa Westman ... Farm Girl
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Directed by
Phillip Borsos 
 
Writing credits
John Hunter (written by)

Produced by
John Board .... associate producer
Phillip Borsos .... co-producer
David Brady .... executive producer (as David H. Brady)
Barry Healey .... co-producer
Peter O'Brian .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Conway Baker (original score composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Irvine 
 
Production Design by
Bill Brodie 
 
Art Direction by
Ian D. Thomas  (as Ian Thomas)
 
Set Decoration by
Kimberley Richardson 
 
Costume Design by
Christopher Ryan 
 
Makeup Department
Ilona Herman .... makeup supervisor
Phyllis Newman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul L. Tucker .... production manager (as Paul Tucker)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... assistant director
Mary Eilts .... second assistant director
Wendy McGillivray .... trainee assistant director
Tom Rowe .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Robin Arkell .... storyboard artist
Jim Armstrong .... carpenter
Jeremy Borsos .... art department assistant
Brian Collins .... carpenter
Annmarie Corbett .... set dresser (as Anne Marie Corbett)
Susan High .... lead painter
Richard Humenick .... scenic artist
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Christine MacLean .... assistant set dresser
John G. Miller .... carpenter (as John Miller)
Michael Ritter .... draftsman
Grant Swain .... property master
David Tait .... carpenter
Bill Thumm .... property buyer
Kaija Vogel .... art department assistant (as Kaija)
Thom Wells .... lead carpenter
David Willson .... assistant art director
Paul Willson .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Alison Clark .... sound editor
B.J. Clayden .... boom man
Rod Crawley .... sound effects editor
Tony Currie .... dialogue editor (as Anthony Currie)
Austin Grimaldi .... sound re-recording
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording
Catherine Hunt .... assistant dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Peter McBurnie .... foley artist (as Peter McBernie)
Michele Moses .... assistant sound editor
Marta Nielsen .... assistant effects editor
Bruce Nyznik .... sound designer
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Peter Thillaye .... sound effects editor
Gord Thompson .... assistant effects editor (as Gordon Thompson)
Lise Wedlock .... sound assistant: foley artist
Rob Young .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Rex Cooley .... best boy special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Robert Milicevic .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John S. Bartley .... gaffer (as John Bartley)
John L. Brown .... dolly grip (as John Brown)
Dan Conrad .... additional photography
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (as Chris Helcermenas-Benge)
Phil Hersee .... still photographer (as Phillip Hersee)
Tim Hogan .... key grip
James L. Hurford .... grip (as Jim Hurford)
Bruce Ingram .... assistant cameraman
Stephen Jackson .... generator operator (as Steve Jackson)
John McCallum .... key focus (as Sandy McCallum)
Peter McLennan .... second camera operator
Ron Orieux .... camera operator
Barry Reid .... best boy grip
Tim Sale .... additional photography
Jim Shea .... still photographer
Len Wolfe .... best boy electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Grose .... wardrobe mistress
Linda Lee Langdon .... wardrobe assistant
Gillian McNair .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Nigel Hollick .... post-production assistant
Maureen Levitt .... assistant editor
Ingrid Rosen .... negative cutting
Bruce Whidden .... color timer
 
Music Department
The Chieftains .... music performers: traditional Irish music
Victor Feldbrill .... score conductor
David Greene .... engineer
 
Transportation Department
Dave Bowe .... driver (as David Bowe)
Brian Boyer .... driver
Al Brown .... driver
George A. Grieve .... driver captain (as George Grieve)
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Drew Neville .... driver
Bonnie Reis .... driver
Rocky Zantolas .... driver co-captain
 
Other crew
Patti Allen .... production coordinator (as Patrice Allen)
Linda Baca .... assistant: Mercury Pictures
Derek Barker .... travel
Elizabeth Blomme .... unit publicist
Richard Cosgrave .... wrangler
Victoria Emery .... assistant accountant
Tom Glass .... head wrangler
Debbie Hlady .... production office assistant
Dennis Houser .... wrangler
Doug Lauder .... wrangler
Kate McBride .... assistant: Mercury Pictures
Elizabeth Pontsa .... production accountant
Bonnie Reis .... chef
Joanne Ryan .... craft service
Joanne Ryan .... first aid
Sandra Gould Sale .... administration: Mercury Pictures
Michael E. Steele .... unit location manager (as Michael Steele)
Lee Walkling .... script supervisor
Peter Carr .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Peter Carr .... producers assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Matt Anderson .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Ed Bernston .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Robert G. Crompton .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Bob Culp .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
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Joe Gardner .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Dave Morley .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Struan Robertson .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Robert Sawnson .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
Mike Solecki .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
D. Bruce Stratton .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for their assistance and involvement in the creation of this picture
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:110 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Trivia:
Debut theatrical feature film of director Phillip Borsos.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The intro cards state that in 1866, "the gentleman bandit" began robbing stage coaches at sixteen and committed twenty six robberies over eighteen years. Later, the card state that in 1901, he was released from prison after 33 years in San Quentin. 1901-33=1868. 1866+18=1884. (The implication is that those 33 years were consecutive and unbroken.)See more »
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M'Appari Tutt'AmorSee more »

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Did the Chieftains really do the soundtrack?
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary (& unorthodox) Western!, 15 April 2005
Author: eltroll from Berkeley, CA

This really is a masterpiece of film - and, unfortunately, largely unknown to the greater film-watching public in the United States. It is beautiful to watch, to listen to (with its soundtrack including both original work by award-winning composer Michael Conway Baker, of Canada, and the Chieftains), and to examine as a chronicle of the period that concluded the Wild West's grasp on the 19th Century and its reach for the 20th.

Bill Miner, the "Gentleman Bandit," was a historical figure whose long prison term for stagecoach robbery left him entirely unprepared (vocationally) for his release back into society - a society that was now devoid of stagecoaches, and beginning to discover the wonders of motorcars and moving pictures.

The 29-year-old director, Phillip Borsos (1953-1995), made this film tribute to the last outlaw of the Wild West and to the region that he lived in. While others might have gone heavy-handed and clichéd in such a production, Borsos' eye and ear both figure significantly in the film's direction, and its numerous examples of originality:

- a senior citizen star (the late Richard Farnsworth - whose Hollywood career had started as a stuntman, in Westerns - playing Bill Miner as a thoughtful and kind gentleman) who even gets to look hunky;

- a respectful treatment of an early 20th Century feminist (played by Jackie Burroughs);

- cinematography that highlights the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, rather than some anonymous California desert;

- a soundtrack that ISN'T Coplandesque (or Morriconesque);

- a 'cowboy picture' where the hero gets the girl, but doesn't get vulgar or trite or even testosterone-driven; AND

- an accurate look at the turn-of-the-century a hundred years ago in a landscape that hasn't entirely disappeared. Yet.

I have hummed the music from its tuneful soundtrack since the first time I saw it in its initial U.S. theatrical release, and have wanted to visit Kamloops, BC, ever since. If you can stand movies without gratuitous pyrotechnics or violence, don't let another day go by without checking out this film classic.

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