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
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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Release Date:

27 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Saga de um Fugitivo  »

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Duell McCall: You're not the law. There is no law! You're just another man with a gun... only you're paid by a better class of people.
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Followed by Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (1989) See more »


by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
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Okay, but nothing special
5 August 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

The basic plot and plot turns in this made-for-tv western (probably a pilot for a proposed series) will be very familiar to even those who seldom watch westerns. What's really a surprise is that this was written by famed writer Elmore Leonard, who in the past wrote superior western stories (some of which have been filmed, like "Valdez Is Coming".) And though it is just 90 minutes long, it feels very stretched out (was this originally written as a 60 minute pilot?)

Still, there's occasionally some good dialogue, and it has a acceptable gritty feeling without the "gloss" associated with made-for-tv movies being made today. There are also a few striking visuals as well as some good action sequences. It's nice also that the ethnicity of Kotto's character is never once referred to (and he makes a good henchman.) Western fans will probably be satisfied, though it sure won't make any converts.

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