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Desperado (1987)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Western  |  27 April 1987 (USA)
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Cowboy Duell McCall wants to quickly deliver a herd of cattle to town, get paid and move on but romance with local girl Nora gets him involved in a feud between the town boss and Nora's dad.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ballard, Company Police Chief
Malloy, Nora's Dad
Calvin, Ballard's Henchman
Lise Cutter ...
Nora Malloy
Sally a Hooker
Sheriff John Whaley
Mona Lisa
Marshal Dancey
Richard Marcus ...
Emmett, Deputy / Jailer
Grady, Livery Stable
Mercenary #5
Linda Almond ...
William Paul Brown ...
Mule Skinner #1 (as William P. Brown)


Duell McCall is a drifter turned cowboy. His latest job is delivering a herd of cattle to a Western town. Duell intends to get paid by the cattle company and move on. Once in town, Duell runs into an old friend, Sally, who works as a prostitute at Madam Mona Lisa's cat-house. He promises to see her after he gets paid. The cattle company and many other company-owned local businesses are policed by company man Ballard, right-hand man Bede and their gang of thugs. With the weak local sheriff, John Whaley, in company's pocket, the law in town is more or less enforced by company man Ballard. After he gets paid, Duell McCall has a first run-in with company man Bede, in the saloon, during a crooked card game. Town boss, Ballard, intervenes and offers Duell an enforcer job on his team but Duell refuses. Later-on, Duell meets local farmer Malloy and his pretty daughter Nora. They are involved in a feud with the company, because they refuse to sell their land to the company. Duell and Nora fall... Written by nufs68

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27 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Saga de um Fugitivo  »

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Ballard, Company Police Chief: Marshal Dancey! I had no idea it's our time of the month to have you here!
Marshal Dancey: You make it sound like a physical affliction.
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Too Many Stars For All To Shine Brightly
24 January 2013 | by (Mechanicsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

Hey folks,

This is the first of four Desperado films from the late 1980s, and the series of four are really pretty good oaters for those of us who like the western flicks. While they may not be on the level of Lonesome Dove and Open Range, they are a lot more exciting than many of the oaters I used to enjoy as a youth.

Alex McArthur's Duell McCall is exciting to watch as the good "bad guy," and Lise Cutter as his love interest, Nora, is very credible as well as being most easy on the eyes. Nora is also a good shooter and does not leave it all to the guys. In this first of the series, there are a host of well known supporting actors in the cast including: Donald Moffat, Pernell Roberts, Yaphet Kotto, Dirk Blocker, Robert Vaughn, and even Gladys Knight.

My only complaint is this show probably had too many stars for them all to shine as brightly as one might have wished. In spite of that, the Desperado series is a fun one, and all four shows are fun to re-watch every few years.

Best wishes, Dave Wile

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