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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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Trivia

Pepe says to Strawhorn "What'd you expect...Joaquin Murrieta?" This is a reference to Joaquin Carrillo Murrieta, an infamous bandit during the 1850s California Gold Rush. See more »

Goofs

(at around 21 mins) When an outlaw is being "crushed" by a burning wall in the opening raid, he may clearly be seen going backwards and headfirst into a hidey hole screen left. See more »

Quotes

Jack Strawhorn: Every day above ground is a good day.
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Soundtracks

I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Traditional
The first line is sung during Nightingale's speech
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Cynical and Amoral Tale of Leadership, Disloyalty and Greedy
19 January 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The outlaw Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern) is betrayed by one of his men, Pensteman (David Canary), after robbing US$ 40,000.00 from a train. During the night, his gang is ambushed in a barn by Marshal Howard Nightingale (Kirk Douglas) and his posse that set fire on the place, burning the criminals and the money, but Strawhorn escapes from the attack. He heads to Tesota, Texas, where he kills Pensteman and the local sheriff. Meanwhile, the ambitious Marshal Nightingale that is running for the senate is traveling by train with his posse to Tesota, expecting to capture Strawhorn to help him to win the elections. Nightingale succeeds in his manhunt and poses of hero, but while Strawhorn is in the jail, he poisons the posse asking what will happen with them after the election of their boss. During the transportation of Strawhorn for judgment by train, the outlaw reverts the situation and captures Nightingale. Now he demands the same amount he lost in the fire to release Nightingale and the posse force the locals to give the money to rescue the marshal.

"Posse" is a western with a cynical and amoral tale of leadership, disloyalty and greedy. The twist in the very end is totally unexpected and all the characters are despicable and disloyal with no exception. Marshal Howard Nightingale is probably the worst, with all the characteristics that politicians usually have. James Stacy lost his left arm and left leg when he was riding a motorcycle with his girlfriend and they were struck by a drunk driver that also killed his girlfriend. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ambição Acima da Lei" ("Ambition above the Law")


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