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Sam Whiskey (1969)

Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars, which Laura's dead husband stole recently, from a sunken ... See full summary »

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Arnold Laven

Writer:

William W. Norton (as William Norton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Sam Whiskey
Angie Dickinson ... Laura Breckenridge
Clint Walker ... O. W. Bandy
Ossie Davis ... Jed Hooker
William Schallert ... Mr. Perkins
Woodrow Parfrey ... Thorston Bromley
Rick Davis Rick Davis ... Fat Henry Hobson
Anthony James ... Cousin Leroy
Del Reeves Del Reeves ... The Fisherman
John Damler ... Hank
Robert Adler ... Pete (as Bob Adler)
Chubby Johnson ... Blacksmith
Ayllene Gibbons Ayllene Gibbons ... Big Annie
Sidney Clute ... Clem
Wallace Earl Laven Wallace Earl Laven ... Mrs. Perkins (as Amanda Harley)
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Storyline

Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars, which Laura's dead husband stole recently, from a sunken ship and secretly bring them back to the mint before they are missed. But how shall he manage to get several hundred pounds of gold into the mint without anyone noticing? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Don't mix with "Sam Whiskey" - It's risky!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiskey's Renegades See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was one of Burt Reynolds first ever big starring roles. See more »

Goofs

O.W. had Sam Whiskey shoot his Gatling-style gun, but Sam was hitting below the targets. O.W. said he was adjusting for Sam's eyesight and raised the front sight, but then he shot it himself and hit the targets. Raising the front sight would lower the trajectory of the bullets even further, not raise it. And the adjustment was for Sam's eyes, not O.W.'s, yet O.W. was the one who shot the gun and hit the targets after raising the front sight. See more »

Quotes

Laura Breckenridge: You've got to bury him.
Sam Whiskey: Lady, I didn't travel 400 miles to bury a bird.
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Connections

Referenced in Archer: The Man from Jupiter (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary McCarty
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Words by William W. Norton (as William Norton)
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One of the funniest western comedies ever made
20 November 2004 | by wolvusSee all my reviews

It's no mystery that Burt Reynolds is one of the most underestimated actors of our time. In this particular film, he gave us one of his best comedy-stilish acting ("no-one noticed it", he said) which makes this movie working. Burt's acting would be enough to make it watchable, but also Ossie Davis and Clint Walker fit well in their roles.

For me the remarkable of this movie is a) the way it is directed and edited (it ain't dull for one second), although there are some silly situations (e.g. Burt firing with a machine gun to save his friends killing all his enemies without hitting his friends...), but hey, it's a comedy and it's not the story which is most interesting. It's the mood of the film and the way characters are portrayed. It contains a lot of fine jokes and dialogue ("I'm not riding this long way to bury your bird") and chemistry between Burt and Angie Dickinson is amazing. Also the more serious parts of the film (stealing the gold out of the fort) are working well.

Also, there are some things which seem to be rare in a film: The fact that no-one of the "thieves" have intentions killing his buddies to keep the gold for himself. No, they even break in to return it back to the government! It's hardly believable, but it is that fact that make the film and these characters charming.

I give it a 7 of 10


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