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Posse (1975)

An unscrupulous politico marshal and his deputies chase a gang of train robbers whose leader proves that every man has his price.

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Kirk Douglas

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William Roberts (screenplay by), Christopher Knopf (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Howard Nightingale
Bruce Dern ... Jack Strawhorn
Bo Hopkins ... Wesley
James Stacy ... Harold Hellman
Luke Askew ... Krag
David Canary ... Pensteman
Alfonso Arau ... Pepe
Katherine Woodville ... Mrs. Cooper
Mark Roberts ... Mr. Cooper
Beth Brickell ... Carla Ross
Dick O'Neill ... Wiley
William H. Burton Jr. William H. Burton Jr. ... McCanless (as William H. Burton)
Louie Elias Louie Elias ... Rains
Gus Greymountain Gus Greymountain ... Reyno
Allan Warnick ... Telegrapher
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A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"Posse" begins like most Westerns. It ends like none of them. It will knock you off your horse.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La brigade du Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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This movie was the first role for James Stacy following his 1973 motorcycle accident in which he was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in the loss of his left arm and left leg. Kirk Douglas created the role especially for Stacy. See more »

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US Senators were not directly elected at the time of the film's setting. They were appointed by State Legislatures until the 17th Amendment in 1913. See more »

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Jack Strawhorn: Every day above ground is a good day.
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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
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Mostly violent and energetic Western about a posse who do battle with a clever outlaw
11 February 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This outlandish and politically incorrect Western concerns about an ambitious, pompous sheriff named Nightingale (Kirk Douglas) he's looking for a dangerous robber as platform for his US Senate political career, under the ironic title ¨To the polls, sons of freedom¨. When Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern)is double-crossed , he escapes and seek vengeance against Penstleman(David Canary). Later on , Strawhorn is captured and carried a town . After that, happens the getaway and Jack want to take over the loot that was taken him. Then Nightingale finds townspeople are siding with the bandit.

There's much historical revisionism in this offbeat and pleasantly subversive Western as well as reversals of the ordinary 'Good guy' against 'Bad guy' format, similarly as happens in Spaghetti Western sub-genre. ¨Posse¨ attempts at a new rendition the Old West but at its core it's throughly conventional. Excellent Kirk Douglas as cynical sheriff who tries to fulfill political aspirations by detaining a known gunfighter. Bruce Dern steals the show as intelligent and resourceful outlaw . Secondary cast is frankly well as Dick O'Neill as ubiquitous photographer recording everything for future , James Stacy as cripple journalist, the Mexican Alfonso Arau who recently turned into film-maker, and Luke Askew and Bo Hopkins as members of the marshal bunch. This over-directed and fine-written movie extends to style as well as content, though packs some bit flaws. Colorful cinematography by Fred Koenekamp (Patton) and atmospheric musical score by Maurice Jarre (Doctor Zivago, Laurence of Arabia). This solid motion picture is well produced and directed by Kirk Douglas . Kirk's direction and production was taken in various films as ¨The light at the edge of the world¨, ¨Brotherhood¨, ¨Grand Prix¨, ¨Paths of glory¨ but he only directed ¨ Scalawag¨ and ¨Posse¨, though he told that made some scenes of ¨Spartacus. Rating : 6,5, good and well worth watching.


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