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Sam Whiskey (1969)

A widow hires an ex-gambler to retrieve gold bars from a sunken river boat in Colorado and discreetly return them to the Federal Mint, from where they had been stolen by her dead husband.

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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

According to a 'Time Out' review, this movie was Burt Reynolds's "first serious attempt to be funny". 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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Definition: Late Sixties Star Vehicle
18 July 2010 | by rockmailSee all my reviews

Many movies are produced for purposes other than artistic merit, or creative urge, so I'm not going to review the "quality" of this movie, as that is not its point. (Or maybe a I will... it's hard to avoid!) In 1969, movies were much more expensive to produce than today (as far as film stock, negatives, distribution, etc.), so major studio releases had to use certain stock genres, settings, and well known stars to get projects approved.

This is one of those projects, and it serves that purpose well. If you want to see Burt and Angie in their prime, having a good time making a movie, then this time capsule is for you. It bangs right along, with no slow spots, and it easy to consume and understand.

It's a great movie to watch for the flavor of sixties star driven action comedies, but it is very dated, and not well written. The dialog is basic, and the plot such as it is, exists just to string together action sequences. This movie never was never intended to be good, bad, or indifferent. It was supposed to sell tickets and refreshments when people wanted to get out for the evening.

But that's fine - it did its job when it needed to, but skip it unless you're interested in the culture of the time when the movie was made, it doesn't stand alone as a movie of the genre worth watching.


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