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26 September 1987 (USA) See more »
In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.
Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins," is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there some 12 years ago -- Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell. | Add synopsis »
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James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Amanda Blake ... Kitty

Buck Taylor ... Newly

Fran Ryan ... Hannah

Earl Holliman ... Jake Flagg

Ken Olandt ... Lt. Dexter

William Morgan Sheppard ... Digger McCloud (as W. Morgan Sheppard)

Patrice Martinez ... Bright Water

Tantoo Cardinal ... Little Doe

Steve Forrest ... Will Mannon

Mickey Jones ... Oakum
Frank Totino ... Logan (as Frank M. Totino)
Robert Koons ... Warden Amos Brown
Walter Kaasa ... Judge Collins
Georgie Collins ... Mrs. Collins
Tony Epper ... Farnum McCloud
Louie Elias ... Bubba

Ken Kirzinger ... Potts
Denny Arnold ... Clyman

Alex Green ... The Flogger
Paul Daniel Wood ... Harry
Larry Musser ... Wilber
Robert Clinton ... Guard
Frank Huish ... Watt

Jacob Rupp ... Hutter
Mary Jane Wildman ... Indian Woman

Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen (flashback sequence) (archive footage)
Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke (flashback sequence) (archive footage)

Tom Brown ... Ed O'Connor (flashback sequence) (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milburn Stone ... Dr. Galen Adams (flashback sequence) (uncredited) (archive footage)

Glenn Strange ... Sam, the Bartender (flashback sequence) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Byrnes  written by

Produced by
Stanley Hough .... supervising producer (as Stan Hough)
John Mantley .... producer
Original Music by
Jerrold Immel 
Cinematography by
Charles Correll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ray Daniels 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Production Design by
Albert Heschong 
Set Decoration by
Bruce Sinski 
Makeup Department
Iloe Flewelling .... hair stylist
Byrd Holland .... makeup artist: James Arness
Al Magallon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Shirley Gill .... unit production manager (as Shirley J. Gill)
Norman S. Powell .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Grace .... first assistant director
Joe Thornton .... second assistant director (as E. Joseph Thornton)
Art Department
Rick Janzen .... stand-by painter
D. Brent Lane .... property master
Don Anderson .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
G. Michael Graham .... sound editor
George Tarrant .... production sound mixer
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects coordinator
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator: USA (as Bill Burton)
Brent Woolsey .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Bertolami .... key grip
Paul Guenette .... second assistant camera 'a' camera
Jim Gregor .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gordon Schmidt .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bette Chadwick .... casting: Edmonton
Diane Rogers .... casting: Calgary
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frances Harrison Hays .... costume supervisor (as Frances Hays)
Editorial Department
Cosmas P. Bolger .... post-production executive (as Cosmas Bolger)
Music Department
Robert Drasnin .... music supervisor
Robert Takagi .... music editor
Other crew
Temple Anderson .... script supervisor
Tana Tocher .... caterer
Paul L. Tucker .... production executive (as Paul Tucker)
Karen Redford .... production secretary (uncredited)
Roy Barcroft .... dedicatee: in memory of
Woody Chambliss .... dedicatee: in memory of (as Woodrow Chambliss)
James Nusser .... dedicatee: in memory of
Charles Seel .... dedicatee: in memory of
Milburn Stone .... dedicatee: in memory of
Glenn Strange .... dedicatee: in memory of
Charles Wagenheim .... dedicatee: in memory of

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Rated R for some violence
100 min
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The revolver used at the beginning by the vengeance-seeking escaped convict is a Merwin Hulbert 1st Model, an advanced design for its day and a relatively popular revolver, being fourth best-selling after Smith & Wesson, Colt, and Remington, in that order. Its scarcity today is a result of a factory fire, a devastating bankruptcy, and the First World War driving the company out of existence for most of the 20th century.See more »
[first lines]
[to two young Indian boys]
[to Dillon, who is carrying a bale of furs]
Logan:Them papooses - I'd keep 'em out if I was you. If it ain't nailed down, they'll steal it.
Matt Dillon:They live here.
Logan:Well, I guess a squaw is better than no woman a'tall, huh?
Matt Dillon:You were given 15 years in territorial prison, Logan. What are you doin' out?
Logan:Lookin' for you. Been a long look, Dillon, but I promised myself I'd pay you back. Here I am.
Matt Dillon:Mister, you aren't the first gunny come lookin' for me. There's two more buried out in back there. Now you better drop the gunbelt.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Best TV "reunion" movie ever., 21 June 2006
Author: caricatures from United States

Gunsmoke cast regulars James Arness (Matt Dillon), Amanda Blake (Kitty) and Buck Taylor (Newly) reunite for a pretty good old fashioned western. The plot involves the release from prison of Matt's most deadly foe, Steve Forrest, reprising his role as Will Mannon, bent on revenge. Another Gunsmoke alumni is along for the ride, Earl Holliman, who does a good turn as Jake Flagg. According to reports, Ken Curtis held out for too much money and subsequently did not reprise his role as Festus, what remains of his part is filled in by character actor Mickey Jones as Oakum. Too bad, it would have been great to see him don the spurs one more time. Milburn Stone (Doc) who appears along with Festus in flashbacks, had passed away by the time this film was made. There are several minor plot holes, chief among them is that in the episode, "Mannon" the title character was killed at the end, apparently while the end credits rolled, Doc discovered that he was still alive, saved him and he was then sent to prison. All in all, this film holds true to the legacy of the great, classic TV series.

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