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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

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 »

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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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung after during Nightingale's speech
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The Ambitious Marshal
11 July 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One thing about Kirk Douglas is that he's never been afraid to let the public see him as a bad guy. It's a great tribute to his ability as an actor to develop such a wide range of characters from the heroic Spartacus to the villainous George Brougham in The List of Adrian Messenger.

Posse falls somewhere in the middle of those two films in terms of the good versus evil scale for Kirk Douglas. Politicians running on "law and order" platforms were just coming into vogue at the time and this western is spot on about those kind of politicians and the motivations behind them.

Kirk Douglas is a U.S. Marshal with political ambitions to be a United States Senator. He's got his photographer with him to record his exploits and travels on a private railroad car provided by the railroad.

He's on the trail of outlaw Jack Strawhorn, played by Bruce Dern. Before capturing Strawhorn, Douglas and his posse burn alive Dern's gang in a barn fire and then butcher another group of misfits he's put together even as they want to surrender.

What I like most about Posse is that it doesn't try to make Dern out any kind of a hero. He's an outlaw the way some people are grocers, bakers, shoemakers, etc. This may very well have been Bruce Dern's best screen role.

It turns out that Dern is a far better judge of human nature than the fatuous Douglas is. The town of Tesota, Texas where most of the action takes place is very much sadder and wiser when the film concludes.

A lot of the same themes are covered in the more acclaimed The Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood who also starred and directed himself. But I think Kirk Douglas got there first.


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