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Red Headed Stranger (1986)

Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers.

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(as Bill Wittliff)

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(screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)
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Raysha Shay
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Sheriff Reese Scoby - Driscoll, Montana
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Larn Claver
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Laurie
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Odie Claver
Ted J. Crum ...
Cauley Felps
Marinell Madden ...
Cindy Logan
Bryan Fowler ...
Nathan - Laurie's Son
Paul English ...
Avery Claver
Bee Spears ...
Eugene Claver
Dennis Hill ...
Calvin Claver
Mark Jenkins ...
Victor Claver
Berkley Garrett ...
Rev. Longley
Elberta Hunter ...
Mrs. Longley
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Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers.

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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A rőt hajú idegen  »

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Levon Helm was originally cast in the movie as a U.S. Marshal. Before filming began, Helm shot himself in the leg while practicing quick-draw techniques in his backyard and the role had to be recast. See more »

Goofs

In a long shot with a windmill, the windmill is turning, but facing away from the wind's direction as revealed by dust blowing, etc. (the wrong way). See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) See more »

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Has many bright spots
18 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Moves slowly as some have pointed out and Willie ain't exactly Gary Cooper, but the general plot line too many bitch about is hardly as off the wall as most of Eastwood's or Peckinpah's stuff. Royal Dano plays a great villain, and some of the lines are priceless. I particularly like the one where Katherine Ross asks (paraphrase) if a horse is worth a man's life and Willy answers "can't say- didn't know him." Now THAT is a moral tale.

The closing gun fight scene is realistic and the old town looks like many did. Costuming is fine and the armorer did a good job. Willy's character is too complex for Willy to play completely well and Morgan Fairchild seems out of place, but that's probably why she ran away.

Better than many and worth a two hour viewing.

Emil Franzi, Tucson


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