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When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.

Director:

Milton Katselas

Writers:

Mark Medoff (screenplay), Mark Medoff (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Clark ... Cheryl
Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy
Stephanie Faracy ... Angel Childress
Dixie Harris Dixie Harris ... Grandma Childress
Anne Ramsey ... Rhea Childress
Lee Grant ... Clarisse Ethridge
Hal Linden ... Richard Ethridge
Peter Firth ... Stephen Ryder
Pat Hingle ... Lyle Striker
Bill McKinney ... Tommy Clark
Alex Colon ... Younger Mexican Man
Joe Hernandez Joe Hernandez ... Older Mexican Man
Leon Russell ... Radio Preacher
Audra Lindley ... Ceil Ryder
Sherry Unger Sherry Unger ... Bar Floozy
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Storyline

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture. Written by Michael A Kortt <mkortt@une.edu.au>

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When this man gets up, be prepared to face the most powerful emotional experience of your life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

I epistrofi tou Red Ryder See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the Texan rest-stop restaurant in El Paso, Texas was "Foster's Diner". See more »

Quotes

Clarisse Ethridge: [to her husband Richard]
Clarisse Ethridge: I'm in trouble - and I don't trust you anymore!
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Connections

References Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) See more »

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People Are Strange
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How Far Can You be Pushed?
2 November 2000 | by SSteveLSee all my reviews

Gortner's character is smarter and tougher than anyone else in the diner. In an experiment in depravity, he decides to see how far he can humiliate and bully people before they stand up to him--if they do at all. He uses his worldliness and intelligence to insult them in ways that they might not detect, or pretend not to notice. When he learns that a young man bears the nickname Red Ryder, he sets out to show the banality and hypocrisy of American culture.

It's an anti-Western: the antagonist, a Vietnam veteran, finds that America is not the home of the brave, that perhaps the free and heroic spirit embodied in the popular conception of the Old West has vanished--or has it?

While the character is reminiscent of *Blue Velvet*'s Frank Booth (played by Dennis Hopper), *Red Ryder* is the superior film. Its predator is more comprehensive, realistic, and transparent. Booth, like many of Lynch's characters, is ultimately a cipher, and therefore uninteresting.


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