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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.

Director:

Kirk Douglas

Writers:

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 »

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(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: [to Howard Nightingale] Honest men stay honest only as long as it pays. That's why I'm a thief and you're a liar.
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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Yet another western, though it is made watchable by a few new story angles.
4 May 2005 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Kirk Douglas had already directed the somewhat terrible Scalawag in 1973, but that previous flop did not deter him from having a second stab at the directing job a couple of years on. Fortunately, Posse is a much more accomplished film than Scalawag in every way: Douglas's own direction is more assured, the script by Christopher Knopf and William Roberts is very literate and clever, and Fred Koenekamp's cinematography has a good, professional look about it. By 1975, one would have thought that there would be little mileage left in the western genre. It seemed that nothing new could be done, but this one comes up with a fresh twist by having the "hero" gradually revealed as an unlikable and ambitious social climber.

Marshal Howard Nightingale (Douglas) publicly announces that he will bring in infamous railroad bandit Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern). Although Strawhorn is a criminal of considerable notoriety - and definitely a man who belongs behind bars - Nightingale has an ulterior motive for apprehending his man. For the good Marshal has decided to run for the Texan senate, and believes that if he can nail Strawhorn - painting himself as a hero into the bargain - he will win over plenty of voters. Gradually, more and more people begin to see through Nightingale's selfish and egotistical political plans. His own posse have their doubts about how they will figure in the Marshal's future schemes; a news editor named Hellman (James Stacy) expresses distrust over the Marshal's ludicrously self-important opinion of himself; even Strawhorn eventually realises what his sly adversary is up to. Ultimately, Nightingale loses his posse and his public favour, with a little clever intervention from Strawhorn, and sees his political dreams left in tatters.

The critical response to Posse was much more favourable than Douglas's previous directing attempt, and deservedly so. The western action in the film is good, solid stuff, not too violent (as was the trend in '75), but certainly tough enough to satisfy genre addicts. Douglas gives a strong performance as the absurdly self-obsessed marshal, and Dern is even better as the charismatic, even likable, bandit. The subversive nature of the plot (hero gradually turns out to be villain, villain gradually turns out to be hero) is intriguing and fairly fresh, and helps to add interest to the film. While Posse has occasional lulls, and a few noticeably amateurish performances lower down the cast list, it remains a fresh, interesting, and intriguing addition to a virtually exhausted genre.


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