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Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

In nineteenth century Oklahoma, two teen girls, fans of 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
Diane Lane ... Jenny (Little Britches)
Burt Lancaster ... Bill Doolin
Amanda Plummer ... Annie
Rod Steiger ... Tilghman
John Savage ... Bittercreek Newcomb
William Russ ... Little Dick Raidler
Buck Taylor ... Dynamite Dick
Roger Cudney ... Capps (as Roger Cudney Jr.)
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Red Buck
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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Storyline

In nineteenth century Oklahoma, two teen girls, fans of 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwei Mädchen und die Doolin-Bande See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,679, 26 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$534,816
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Wayne had been offered the film in 1978, but said he felt too ill. See more »

Goofs

When Bill Doolin hands a shotgun shell to the kid that 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. The problem is that it was only in the late 1960's that manufacturers began using a color coding scheme, originally red for 12 gauge, gold for 20 gauge. In Oklahoma in the 1890's 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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"In the long run, it evens out...you wind up with a mouthful of salt and a handful of memories."
28 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Robert Ward and David Eyre adapted Ward's fictionalized book about two true-life outlaw women who headed west from Oklahoma in the 1890s and attached themselves to the Doolin-Dalton gang, who had given up robbing trains and moved on to robbing banks. Undistinguished western has corny dialogue thick with purple prose and is blanketed with generic bluegrass music. Burt Lancaster as Bill Doolin faces off against Rod Steiger as vigilant U.S. marshal Bill Tilghman, and their combined charisma gives the movie whatever personality it has, the ladies of the title being negligible. As mercurial Annie, Amanda Plummer (in her film debut) has an eccentric quality that fails to engage the audience; with her mop of untamed hair, her wild eyes and wise-old-lady speaking voice, she's a human tumbleweed. It takes over an hour into the proceedings for Diane Lane's baby-faced Jenny to exhibit some sign of life; too modern for this scenario, it's easy to forget she's even in the picture. Lamont Johnson directed, erratically. Film improves in its second-half, but the tone of the movie is off. It has elegiac qualities that aren't used to bolster the narrative, which Johnson then drops entirely for a more standard, upbeat western-genre feel. *1/2 from ****


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