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Stagecoach (1986)

Unrated | | Action, Drama, Western | TV Movie 18 May 1986
Story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory. On board are a cavalry man's pregnant wife, a prostitute with a broken heart, a Marshal taking in his prisoner Johnny ... See full summary »



(teleplay), (story "Stage to Lordsburg") | 1 more credit »

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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Waylon Jennings ...
Buck - Overland Stage Driver
Trevor Peacock - Old John's Whiskey Salesman
Henry Gatewood - Tonto Banker (as Tony Franciosa)
Mrs. Pickett
Jessi Colter ...
Martha (as Jesse Colter)
Alex Kubik ...
Luke Plummer (as Alex Kubic)
David Allan Coe ...
Chris (as Bob McLean)

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Story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory. On board are a cavalry man's pregnant wife, a prostitute with a broken heart, a Marshal taking in his prisoner Johnny Ringo, a crooked gambler, and the infamous Doc Holliday. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Action | Drama | Western


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18 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Höllenfahrt nach Lordsburg  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson recorded several albums between 1985 and 1995, as The Highwaymen. See more »


Many scenes that are depicting the same time and place have totally different sky conditions. Some are clear blue others are completely overcast of mostly overcast. See more »


Marshal Curly Wilcox: If I deputized an escaped convict, I'd be run outta the territory.
Ringo: It's better'n bein' carried out.
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Version of Stagecoach (1966) See more »

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Boring and unnecessary remake starred by four Country singers : Kristofferson , Cash , Jennins and Nelson
2 July 2017 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

A forgettable adaptation for TV in 1986 by Ted Post with Willie Nelson , Kris Kristofferson , Johnny Cash , Elizabeth Ashley , Mary Crosby , Tony Franciosa , and John Schneider . Inferior remake with interesting character studio , functional performances and glimmer cinematography from desert lands plenty of cactus . Unnecessary remake to the considered to be first adult Western , ¨Stagecoach¨ by John Ford that changed the course of the modern Western turning into intellectual Western and dealing with a motley crew of roles in a cross-country coach beset by Indians and thieves ; as on board are the followings : an outlaw , a doctor , a banker , a coward swank , a cavalry man's pregnant wife , a gambler , among others . The movie takes place in 1880 in a voyage throughout Arizona , in which a varied group of characters with nothing in common are stuck together inside a coach , they form a strange assortment of individuals , such as : a prostitute with a broken heart (Elizabeth Ashley in classic rendition interpreted by Claire Trevor) , the old John's Whiskey Salesman (Anthony Newley) , a crooked card-player (Waylon Jennings as Hatfield , the Gambler , previously performed by John Carradine) turned into protector to pregnant young wife (Mary Crosby) , a swindler banker (Tony Franciosa , previously by Barton Churchill) , a sympathetic coach driver (John Schneider) , the famous Doc Hollyday (Willie Nelson) , Ringo Kid (Kris Kristofferson , priorly by John Wayne) , an outlaw looking to revenge killings and a sheriff (Johnny Cash , formerly performed by George Bancroft) taking in his prisoner . The motley crew pull off a journey through Indian territory passing Apache Wells and towards Lordsburg . All of them riding to greatness across 2,000 miles of flaming frontier . At the beginning they're protected by a military detachment commanded by a brave lieutenant . The stagecoach is besieged by Apaches and several dangers.....

The plot is plain and simple , as the story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory , portraying in depth characters and brooding events with allegorical issues running beneath surface . This so-so and old-style TV western written/produced/played by Willie Nelson as well as score composer ; being redeemed by its decent main stars and supporting cast . As protagonists , the notorious Country singers : Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson recorded several albums as The Highwaymen . Based on the story 'Stage to Lordsburg' by Ernest Haycox and this one based on Guy De Mauspassant's novel . Acceptable main cast and secondary cast , passable edition , regular cinematography by Gary Craver and atmospheric musical score make it an average film , and very far from original . Shot on location in Sonoran Desert, Old Tucson and Sierrita Mountains , Arizona . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Ted Post , with no originality . Post gives a slow and some dull direction . He's a Western expert , in fact his best movie is still a Western called ¨The legend of Tom Rooley¨ . Besides , he directed Clint Eastwood many times , starting working on Eastwood's television Western series, ¨Rawhide¨. When Eastwood returned to America after his successful Sergio Leone movies , he called for Post who directed him in Western ¨Hang'Em high¨ and the second entry Dirty Harry pictures : ¨Magnum Force¨. Ted Post also directed notable Sci Fi : Beneath of the planet of apes , Harrard experiment and horror movies : The Baby , Dr Cook's garden .

The original ¨Stagecoach¨ is a very superior rendition in 1939 by John Ford , being perfectly played by excellently assembled actors : Claire Trevor , George Bancroft , Louise Platt , Tom Tyler , Tim Holt and Thomas Mitchell who deservedly won Academy Award for secondary actor , and of course , John Wayne , who arose his career languishing in Poverty Row and being first pairing of Ford and Wayne . And stunningly shot by John Ford in the mythical Monumental Valley , capturing its particular air , a place that Ford was often to revisit and he befriended Indians tribes . Besides , ¨Stagecoach¨ (1966) by Gordon Douglas with Alex Cord , Anne Margret , Slim Pickens , Red Buttons and Bing Crosby , Mary Crosby's father .

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