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Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

PG | | Drama, Western | 24 April 1981 (USA)
In 19th-century Oklahoma, two teen girls who love stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former gang and although disappointed, still try to help them escape from a vigorous Marshal.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

David Eyre (screenplay by), Robert Ward (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Bill Dalton
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Red Buck
William Russ ... Little Dick Raidler
Kenny Call Kenny Call ... George Weightman (as Ken Call)
John Savage ... Bittercreek Newcomb
Buck Taylor ... Dynamite Dick
Michael Conrad ... Engineer
Amanda Plummer ... Annie
Diane Lane ... Jenny - 'Little Britches'
Burt Lancaster ... Bill Doolin
Chad Hastings Chad Hastings ... Conductor
John Quade ... Morgan
Yvette Sweetman Yvette Sweetman ... Mrs. Sweetman
Perry Lang ... Elrod
Tom Delaney Tom Delaney ... Ned's Father
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In 19th-century Oklahoma, two teen girls who love stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former gang and although disappointed, still try to help them escape from a vigorous Marshal.

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They told the Doolin-Dalton Gang where to go. Then...they went with them.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

Burt Lancaster had hepatitis and suffered a mild heart attack during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Bill Doolin hands a shotgun shell to the kid who wants to watch the approach to the town for him, he hands him a standard red 12-gauge shotgun shell that any 12-gauge owner today would know well, but it was only in the late 1960s that manufacturers began using a color-coding scheme, originally red for 12-gauge, gold for 20-gauge. In 1890s Oklahoma it would not have been the color shown on screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Having been discarded by its distribution company, Universal Pictures, the movie has only received one English-language video issue since it arrived in theaters c. 1981: a UK release on Picture Time Video. This version is truncated by 7 minutes; instead of the full 95-minute cut, the film runs only 88 minutes. See more »

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Moving account of the last days of Bill Doolin's gang and the teen girls who joined 'em
19 August 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Two teen girls (Amanda Plummer & Diane Lane) hook up with the Doolin-Dalton Gang in 1890's Oklahoma Territory, but Bill Doolin (Burt Lancaster) is tired and the gang's heyday is behind them. Meanwhile Marshal Tilghman (Rod Steiger) is intent on putting the kibosh on the wild bunch. Scott Glenn and John Savage are on hand as members of the gang.

"Cattle Annie and Little Britches" (1981) is similar in tone to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) and, like that film, was based on the real-life account, albeit loosely. "Young Guns" (1988) and "Young Guns II" (1990) did the same with the Billy the Kid story. The film starts off like "Bad Company" (1972) mixed with the fun spirit of "Butch Cassidy," but becomes weightier as it moves along with some pretty moving moments.

Plummer was 23 during filming while Lane was only 15. The former is utterly convincing as the sassy Annie and Savage is notable as her taciturn quasi-beau. The superb folk songs by Sahn Berti & Tom Slocum are stirring and sometimes profound. It's an inexplicably obscure Western, hardly promoted and barely released. I guess studios were gun shy after the devastating failure of "Heaven's Gate" (1980).

The film runs 1 hours, 37 minutes, and was shot in Durango, Mexico, about 1200 miles southwest of the real-life events.

GRADE: B


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,679, 26 April 1981

Gross USA:

$534,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$534,816
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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