Bearcats! (1971)
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Just before World War I, two adventurers are hired to bring back a hijacked train from Mexico.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank Brackett
... Johnny Reach
... Chucho Morales
... Cyrus Davenport
... Paco Morales
... Beth Parkinson
... Miss Baker
... Ricardo Sandoval
... Juanita Sierra-Perez
... Col. Delgado
... Pablo Sandoval
William D. Gordon ... Fallon, Hotel Goon
... Sheriff Lynch (as Jim L. Brown)
... Briggs
Todd Martin ... Muncie, Desk Clerk


A Mexican bandit is about to be executed in the United States. So his brother takes over a train and holds the passengers as hostages unless his brother is released. Now both the Americans and Mexicans are baffled as to what to do. But one of the passengers, who wrote the letter for their captor, has a suggestion; call Hank Brackett and Johnny Reech, two mercenaries. Which they do. And as expected they do come up with a plan but the President of the Railroad is not sure if it will work. Written by <>

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Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Räjähtävä ruutitynnyri  »

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1.33 : 1
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Made for television as the pilot for the series Bearcats! (1971) See more »


J.J. Foote: Yea, verily, thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions and a plague broke in upon them - Psalms 106, Verse 29.
Hank Bracket: The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad way and they shall seem like torches and they will run like lightning - Nahum 2, Verse 4.
J.J. Foote: Hey, you know your scriptures!
Johnny Reach: If thou canst not lick 'em, join 'em. Uh, Johnny Reach, 1914.
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Followed by Bearcats! (1971) See more »


Bearcats! Opening Theme
Written by Hal Hopper
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Cool TV Movie!
7 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Whacked-out bandito Fernando Llamas holds a train load of passengers hostage and moving in circles, while he ransoms them for the release of his brother, who's in jail awaiting hanging. The railroad calls on smooth soldiers-of-fortune Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole to rescue the hostages and neutralize their captors.

This exciting made-for-television movie/series pilot is way ahead of it's time, anticipating shows and movies like "The A Team", The Delta Force, and even Speed. Why the resulting series "The Bearcats" failed and was forgotten, remains a mystery.

Here, Llamas appears to be having a hell of a time, playing his role with relish. His amusing, over-the-top performance is probably the best thing about this this, although Taylor seems to be enjoying himself greatly as well.

Things seem a little stretched out, but the climax is definitely worth sticking around for.

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