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A Small Town in Texas (1976)

A crooked sheriff in a small Southern town frames an ex-convict in a drug bust and takes his girlfriend.

Director:

Jack Starrett

Writer:

William W. Norton (as William Norton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Poke Jackson
Susan George ... Mary Lee
Bo Hopkins ... Sheriff Duke
Morgan Woodward ... C.J. Crane
John Karlen ... Lenny
Art Hindle ... Boogie
Hank Rolike ... Cleotus
George 'Buck' Flower ... Bull Parker
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Junior
Mark Silva Mark Silva ... Kevin
Santos Reyes Santos Reyes ... Jesus Mendez
Debi Bieberly Debi Bieberly ... Mrs. Carter
Jack Starrett ... Buford Tyler (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Old Codger
Ron McPherson Ron McPherson ... P.R. Man
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Storyline

After doing five years in prison on a drug charge, Poke is returns to his hometown intent on taking his sweetheart Mary Lee (and their child) away with him to California. His plan hits a snag, however, when he discovers that since his incarceration, Mary Lee has taken up with Duke, the very sheriff who put Poke behind bars in the first place. Things turn even worse for Poke when he later witnesses Duke assassinating a local Hispanic politician. Now with Duke out for his blood, Poke must choose to run for his life or make a stand. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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All Poke wanted was to get his girl and get out. All the Sheriff wanted... was to get Poke. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 November 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A caminho do Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockhart, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

During most of the chase scenes, the cars that Poke and Duke are driving change alternately from 1972 to 1973 Plymouths. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: [Lenny is looking at himself in a mirror, and he draws his gun] Say your prayers, you son of a bitch!
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An oldie but goodie, 70's style.
9 January 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

These cool seventies movies, courtesy of Mr Arkoff, set a cool trend in the movie world for me. If you expect a lot of gore in this, you'll be plenty disappointed. What we have is a fatal love triangle. I like any Bottoms actor, they're all good. Timothy my favourite, makes a meal of the role, throwing in a naturalistic and lovable performance, as an ex con, Poke Jackson, framed, who's just got out of prison, now about to rub the same guy up the wrong way, small town local sheriff, the corrupt Duke (Hopkins in another nasty piece of work). Duke has been makin' it with Bottom's old lady, Mary Lee (the versatile Susan George) who you kind of get the feeling, she's wasted in this. Duke is about to give Poke a second serving of misjustice by setting him up again for a murder of important figure at a country fair, and this time properly doing the job. So the other half has Bottoms fleeing the cops, which culminates in a couple of cool car and bike chases, and god, can Bottoms ride. Bottoms is funny too: Helium voice scene, and we take guilty delight seeing both nemesis go at each other, where in the end, only one can walk away. Great action, and revenge that never gets old, plus sincere performances, make this a gem of a seventies movie, though it's not great, but definitely a golden 70's find.


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