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Release Date:
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
Aspect Ratio:
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James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan and Steve Forrest reprise their roles from the original series.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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Nicely Done!!, 25 November 2002
Author: AbeStreet from Willoughby, OH, USA

As only a casual fan of the original series I may not be able to compare and contrast this movie as well as some others but the producers of this tv film seem to have covered all their bases.

First of all the story was very well done. By basing the movie on one of the original tv shows the viewers were given a sense of continuity that some movies that are based on previous tv shows don't have. Also, the story itself, while not all that original, was well written and suspenseful. Out of the 5 GUNSMOKE movies that were made I felt that this one was the best.

Secondly, this movie did a fine job of bringing back the original cast members. Amanda Blake as "Kitty" and Buck Taylor as "Newly O'brien" helped to give this movie an authentic feel. Having said that it would have been nice if Dennis Weaver as "Chester" and or Ken Curtis as "Festus", both served as deputy under Marshall Dillon, had made an appearance in the movie.

Lastly, while the movie overall was a good one it seemed to me that James Arness portrayed Matt Dillon less like the character in the original series and more like the mountain man character of "Zeb Macahon" in his other western series HOW THE WEST WAS WON. Still this movie is a good view and those who like James Arness or GUNSMOKE will appreciate it.

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