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Showdown (1973)

PG | | Western | 20 June 1973 (USA)
Two men who have been friends since childhood find themselves on opposite ends of the law.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Theodore Taylor (screenplay), Hank Fine (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Chuck Jarvis
Dean Martin ... Billy Massey
Susan Clark ... Kate Jarvis
Donald Moffat ... Art Williams
John McLiam ... F.J. Wilson
Charles Baca Charles Baca ... Martinez
Jackson D. Kane Jackson D. Kane ... Clem (as Jackson Kane)
Ben Zeller ... Perry Williams
John Gill John Gill ... Earl Cole (as John Richard Gill)
Philip L. Mead Philip L. Mead ... Jack Bonney
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Girl
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Big Eye (as Vic Mohica)
Raleigh Gardenhire Raleigh Gardenhire ... Joe Williams
Ed Begley Jr. ... Pook
Dan Boydston Dan Boydston ... Rawls
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Storyline

After a train robbery committed in New Mexico, a small gang sets-out to divide the loot. However, a disagreement over the shares causes one gang member, Billy Massey, to take the whole loot and run toward the Mexican border. The sheriff of Cumbres, Chuck Jarvis, learns of the train holdup and organizes a posse. Unfortunately, gang member Billy Massey is a very close childhood friend of the sheriff. No matter how disappointed the sheriff is, he's determined to do his duty and apprehend Billy. Local district attorney P. J. Wilson is a law-and-order hardliner with higher political aspirations. He demands the sheriff recover the railroad property immediately or else there will be consequences. Sheriff Chuck Jarvis hires a few Indian trackers and sets-out to find Billy. However, Billy's former gang members are also looking for him to recover the loot. Billy doubles-back to Cumbres and goes to the sheriff's house. While the sheriff's wife, Kate, serves Billy supper, the sheriff arrives and,... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Together they fought for survival...now their guns must turn against each other! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a River See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dean Martin rides away from the ranch he shoots down the Massey sign from the gate. The signs were supported by a single post. When he returned the two remaining signs were supported by two posts. See more »

Goofs

Billy's extra gun at the gunfight at the creek starts off as a single-action blue steel Colt Bisley, recognizable for the distinctive shape of its grip frame, and turns into a nickel-plated double action revolver when he crawls out to the log. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Jarvis: You stick to practicing law - I'll enforce it!
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Watchable though unexceptional
29 June 2002 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Though it breezes along at an amiable pace, there's really nothing special about this particular western. It has a lot of stuff that ends up being irrelevant, such as with the character of the sheriff's wife, and the multiple flashbacks. Though the technical side is professional, it resembles a made-for-TV movie of the time. Still, there is some interest here. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Hong Kong director John Woo saw this, because there are elements and themes here that can be found in his movies.


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