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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Kanaly ... Dr. Sam MacKenzie

Karen Carlson ... Shirley Pinter

Macon McCalman ... Earl Dana

Robert Chimento ... Jay Pinter

Sonny Landham ... Calvin Duggai
Robert Alan Browne ... Jim Brody

Duke Stroud ... Smyley

Larry Vigus ... Marine Sergeant
Newton John Skinner ... Chris

Directed by
George Gage 
Writing credits
George Gage (screenplay) and
Beth Gage (screenplay)

Brian Garfield  novel "Fear in a Handful of Dust"

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... executive producer
Vijay Amritraj .... associate producer
Sidney D. Balkin .... co-executive producer (as Sidney Balkin)
Beth Gage .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur Kempel 
Cinematography by
Bill Pecchi 
Film Editing by
Sonya Sones 
Costume Design by
Annie Hayes 
Makeup Department
Annie Maniscalco .... hairdresser
Annie Maniscalco .... makeup artist
Terry Smilen .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Mike Moder .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Moder .... first assistant director
Steven Tramz .... second assistant director (as Steve Tramz)
Art Department
Sharon Bonney .... property master
Sound Department
Jean Clark .... sound boom
Richard Portman .... sound recording mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jim Hoagland .... special effects
Ed Adams .... stunts
Jack Dunlap .... stunts
Will Morton .... stunts
John Pearce .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Colman .... second assistant camera
E.J. Foerster .... second assistant camera (as Eric J. Foerster)
Jim Hoagland .... grip
Daniel Keesey .... key grip
Kenneth Lehn .... electrician
Tom Morris .... first assistant camera
Mark M. Pompian .... best boy (as Mark Pompian)
Larry Reibman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... casting: Tucson
Editorial Department
Scott Conrad .... editorial consultant
Anne Couk .... assistant editor
Kit Turner .... editorial apprentice
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Don Felder .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Jay Fuller .... transportation coordinator (as Jay R. Fuller)
Harry McCorey .... transportation captain (as Harry McCrorey)
Other crew
Jim Dawson .... bird trainer
Peggy Dunlap .... location auditor
Jim Evans .... technical advisor
Jackie Fuller .... production secretary
Rick Hummer .... production assistant
Frank Inn .... animal trainer
Pamela Lehn .... assistant to producer
Mimi Rose .... script supervisor
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
Susan Castano .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Max Fogel .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Linda Kay Gross .... thanks: for help and cooperation (as Linda Gross)
Bill Lewis .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Patty Moder .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Emory Sekaquaptewa .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Stan Shapiro .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Crew believed to be complete

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After being freed in the middle of the desert, one of the first things Dr. Sam MacKenzie does is take off his shirt to cool down. Being a Park Ranger, he would know that is the worst thing to do. All the experts say the best thing to do is keep your clothes on, as the Sun will quickly burn your skin otherwise, adding to your difficulties.See more »


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Promising Premise, Disappointing Results, 29 July 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Cheapo film that manages some suspense. However, it's too uneven to fulfill the premise. Three men and a woman are left to die in the searing Arizona desert. Their crime is having institutionalized a crazed Navajo Vietnam vet. Now he wants revenge, and just as importantly, show that his "medicine" is stronger than the white man's.

Though the acting is better than expected, the survival element comes and goes. The early part, where Sam shows how to get food, water, and keep cool by digging holes, amounts to an interesting survival manual. The trouble is many other logical precautions are implausibly lacking, like covering bare skin in the sun or seeking shade while talking. Then too, Sam seems to get stronger as the movie progresses, which makes little sense given the draining heat. That, plus a meandering narrative, doesn't help. Frankly, events appear to have been made up on the fly, maybe as the budget or conditions permitted. As a result, a finely adapted musical score is also largely wasted.

Too bad, because at times the film shows genuine promise. But a basic lack of coherent narrative and thematic development undercuts that promise. For a more riveting tale of desert survival, catch Robert Ryan in Inferno (1953).

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