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The Desperate Trail (1994)

After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery - and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes - her father in law - sentences her... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Bill Speakes
Jack Cooper
Sarah O'Rourke
Walter Cooper
John Furlong ...
Zeb Hollister
Robin Westphal ...
Mamie Hollister
Boots Southerland ...
Scar Face Leader
Joey Hamlin ...
Laughing Boy Killer
Daniel O'Haco ...
Happy (as Danny O'Haco)
Tommy Donnelly
Jill Scott Momaday ...
R.L. Tolbert ...
Lean Poker Player
P.J. Pesce ...
Scared Mustachioed Cowboy
Rockne Tarkington ...
Michael Huddleston ...


After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery - and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes - her father in law - sentences her to the Gallows. During a failed hold-up on the coach she escapes - but Jack Cooper manages to snatch away the transported $2500 from her, which she would have needed to start a new life. So she follows him to get it back. Soon they have to team up against the Marshal, who wants her dead so badly, he doesn't mind breaking the law himself... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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No one escapes from Marshal Bill Speakes. See more »


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Release Date:

28 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A punta de pistola  »

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1.85 : 1
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The posse contains 6 men when they ride into town prior to the shootout. The shootout kills one of them, and a second member is killed by the Marshal. In the following scene where they are on the trail of the fugitives, the posse again numbers 6 men. See more »


Marshall Bill Speakes: [to Sarah] Yes ma'am, we're going to wrap a necklace of good Kentucky hemp around that little neck of yours. Have you ever heard the sound a broke neck bone makes? It sounds like a carrot.
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A Pleasant Surprise
6 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Linda Fiorentina develops from sexy seductress in The Last Seduction into a merciless killer in this effort, and it's a world away from Jessie the happy cowgirl from the Toy Story films. She'll blast your brains out without so much of a second glance, and she wears them Western clothes like she was born in the outfit. Partnering with a smart mouthed confidence trickster, she's on the run from the always excellent Sam Elliott, who plays a grizzled old sheriff. She committed the unpardonable sin of killing his son (Who she was married to, and he knocked seven bells out of her, hence the reason for her slaying him) so needless to say, this lawman is slightly more persistent in pursuing his target than most...

There are no signs of this being a straight to video effort, as the productions values are decent throughout. There are also some well staged and fast moving shootouts, but in terms of gore this ain't no The Wild Bunch, so the 18 certificate is a bit of a mystery. Like the film I last watched, The Kentuckian, this is hardly going to go down in history as one of the genre classics. But it'll pass 85 minutes, and you won't feel you've wasted your time. Which is good enough for me. 6/10

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