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The Desperados (1969)

During the Civil War, ex-parson Josiah Galt and his sons are Confederate raiders but they become common robbers after the war, save for son David who goes straight.


Henry Levin


Walter Brough (screenplay), Clarke Reynolds (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... David Galt
Sylvia Syms ... Laura (his wife)
Benjamin Edney Benjamin Edney ... Pauly (his son)
Jack Palance ... Parson Josiah Galt
Sheila Burrell ... Emily Galt
George Maharis ... Jacob Galt
Kate O'Mara ... Adah (his girl)
Christian Roberts ... Adam Galt
Kenneth Cope ... Carlin
Patrick Holt ... Haller
Christopher Malcolm ... Gregg
John Clark John Clark ... Todd
Neville Brand ... Marshal Kilpatrick
John Paul John Paul ... Sheriff Lacey
David Thomson David Thomson ... Deputy Tate (as David Thompson)


During the Civil War, Josiah Galt, a former parson, and his sons David, Jacob and Adam, become a gang of bandits who plunder, rob and rape for pleasure. Disgusted by the massacre of the whole population of St. Thomas, Kansas, David drops out of the gang and joins his wife Laura. After their son Pauly was born, David and Laura settle down in Chilon, Texas. A few years later, Galt's gang come there with a view to robbing the local bank. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Jeffrey Hunter was originally signed for the George Maharis role, but died shortly thereafter. See more »


When the raiders are riding in to attack the town at the start of the film there are several shots showing large mountains in the background despite the fact that this is supposedly the very flat state of Kansas. See more »

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Unbelievably Bad!
21 August 1999 | by JSPrineSee all my reviews

Some movies are much more than the sum of their parts. This is not one of them. Despite some well-known actors and actresses in the cast, this movie is a total flop and richly merits the "Screaming Turkey" award. This fiasco makes "Plan 9 From Outer Space" look like fine art in comparison.

When these Civil War guerrillas (a very vapid version of Quantrill's Raiders is depicted) pull out Colt Peacemakers in the start of the film (a firearm that hadn't even been invented yet), I knew I was in for a real treat as far as authenticity was concerned.

Don't waste your time watching this silly waste of money, film, and talent.

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Release Date:

28 February 1969 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desperados See more »

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Production Co:

Meadway Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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