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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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(screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)
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Cast

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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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Not completely bad... but not that great
5 May 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This independent western has generally been dismissed by critics. It certainly has some big faults - some terrible direction (some key scenes are shot *at a distance*), and yes, Morgan Fairchild is indeed awful in her role.

I would say that one of the biggest faults of the movie, however, is with its pacing - this is a *very* slow-moving movie, and with a total running time of about 110 minutes, this slowness becomes even more deadly. The other big fault I had with the movie is that we never know what's going on in the head of Willie Nelson's character. His preacher character doesn't have that much dialogue, and what he says doesn't really give us that much insight into him. The explanations to the big decisions the character therefore decides upon remain a mystery.

Nelson isn't a great actor, but he manages to be watchable here by keeping his performance low-key. And even though the movie has its deadly slow pace and all those other problems, I did find it watchable - though in the sense of something being watchable during a boring weekend. Plus, there is occasionally some good stuff to see. For instance, the production values are dead on - all the weathered and rickety buildings look like they were indeed built in the middle of nowhere over a century ago. The cinematography is pleasing as well.

Verdict: Will do the job... but only for those who love westerns, have a high patience level, and have nothing else to do.


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