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Release Date:
27 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alex McArthur ... Duell McCall

David Warner ... Ballard, Company Police Chief

Yaphet Kotto ... Bede

Donald Moffat ... Malloy, Nora's Dad

Stephen Davies ... Calvin, Ballard's Henchman
Lise Cutter ... Nora Malloy

Sydney Walsh ... Sally a Hooker

Robert Vaughn ... Sheriff John Whaley

Gladys Knight ... Mona Lisa

Pernell Roberts ... Marshal Dancey

Richard Marcus ... Emmett, Deputy / Jailer

Dirk Blocker ... Grady, Livery Stable
Ed Adams ... Mercenary #5
Linda Almond ... Hooker
William Paul Brown ... Mule Skinner #1 (as William P. Brown)
Townsend Cannon ... Rollie
Dan Delligatti ... Hardcase #3
Bob Gottlieb ... Miner #1
Joey Hamlin ... Range Man
Charles Robert Harden ... Hardcase #1 (as Charles Harden)

Robert F. Hoy ... Half Breed (as Bob Hoy)

Henry Kendrick ... Mercendary Leader (as Henry Max Kendrick)
Rob Larson ... Mule Skinner #2
James Lee ... Mercenary #1
John Pearce ... Mercenary #4
George Pompa ... Cook
Michael Pritchard ... Hardcase #2 (as Mike Prichard)

Craig Reay ... Mercenary #6
Cappy Rice ... Saloon Miner #2
Daryl Robinson ... Mercenary #2 (as Daryl S. Robinson)
Forrie J. Smith ... Harley, Calvin's Sidekick
Norman Stone ... Saloon Miner #1
Robin Wayne ... Mercenary #3
Grant Wheeler ... Buford
Tiny Wells ... Sidney the Bartender
Ivan Red Wolverton ... Stage Driver (as Red Wolverton)

Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel 
Writing credits
Elmore Leonard (written by)

Produced by
Tom Finan .... associate producer
Andrew Mirisch .... executive producer
Walter Mirisch .... producer
Charles E. Sellier Jr. .... producer (as Chuck Sellier)
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark W. Rosenbaum  (as Mark Rosenbaum)
Casting by
Holly Hire  (as Holly Hire-Collier)
Art Direction by
Bill Cornford 
Set Decoration by
Suzie Frischette 
Helen Britten (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Ron Fagiana .... makeup artist
Jerry Mendoza .... hair stylist
Clinton James Austin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bob Stabler .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Espinoza .... first assistant director
Jerry Fleck .... second assistant director
Perry Husman .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wendy Wolverton .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer
Robert Glenn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt coordinator (as Bruce Barbour)
Cathy Browning .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (as Dave Cass)
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Rick Currens .... stunts
Steve Geray .... stunts
Darwin Hall .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Hamme .... gaffer
Michael Conner .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Grace .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Brock .... wardrobe designer
Editorial Department
Derrick Mitchell .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
John Elizalde .... music editor (as John Elizade)
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Gary W. Shaw .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Magnuson .... continuity (uncredited)
Tod Swindell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dean Wright .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Nora Malloy:Look, ah, I'm sorry.
Duell McCall:No, I am a tramp. What can I say?
Nora Malloy:Well, you know, one person's tramp is another person's free spirit.
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Too Many Stars For All To Shine Brightly, 24 January 2013
Author: David Wile ( from Mechanicsburg, PA

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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