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Zachariah (1971)

Two gunfighters separate and experience surreal visions on their journey through the west.

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George Englund
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Cast overview:
John Rubinstein ... Zachariah
Patricia Quinn ... Belle Starr (as Pat Quinn)
Don Johnson ... Matthew
Country Joe and the Fish ... The Crackers
Elvin Jones Elvin Jones ... Job Cain
Doug Kershaw ... The Fiddler
William Challee ... Old Man
Robert Ball ... Stage Manager
Dick Van Patten ... The Dude
James Gang James Gang ... Job Cain's Band (as The James Gang)
White Lightnin' White Lightnin' ... Old Man's Band
The New York Rock Ensemble The New York Rock Ensemble ... Belle Starr's Band
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Gunfights and electric guitars in the Old West? You bet! Zachariah gets a mail order gun, practices a little, and kills a man in the local saloon. He and his friend Matthew set out to become gunfighters, joining with the Crackers, a rock band who are also (pitifully inept) stage robbers. Having quickly outgrown that gang, Zachariah and Matthew set out to become bigtime gunslingers. Before long, they part company and a rivalry grows between them. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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The First Electric Rock Western See more »


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The gunfight where Elvin Jones plays his amazing drum solo was so poorly recorded that the legendary New Orleans session drummer Earl Palmer was called in to overdub the solo. Amazing that as intricate a solo as that was he was able to replicate it note for note. See more »

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Featured in The Journey of Zachariah (2019) See more »

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28 December 2006 | by mckidd6534See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and occasionally think about it. It was called the 'first electric western', if I remember right. It was fun and funny and I'd like to see it again. I remember little after over thirty years, but I believe it was low budget with mostly outdoor scenes, desert at that. The 'outlaw' gang, 'The Crackers', had their own theme song, which they sang. I think Zacharia and his friend were marijuana farmers in the desert. I believe it was even called a 'cult' film, or something similar. It's hard to remember, after so many years, but I recommend this movie and I'm looking forward to seeing it again myself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Zacarías See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$62,300
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ABC Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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