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Endangered Species (1982)

About a retired New York cop on Vacation in America's West who is drawn into a female sheriff's investigation of a mysterious series of cattle killings.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Judd Klinger (story) (as Judson Klinger), Richard Clayton Woods (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Ruben Castle
JoBeth Williams ... Harriet Purdue
Paul Dooley ... Joe Hiatt
Hoyt Axton ... Ben Morgan
Peter Coyote ... Steele
Marin Kanter ... Mackenzie Castle
Gailard Sartain ... Mayor
Dan Hedaya ... Peck
Harry Carey Jr. ... Dr. Emmer
John Considine ... Burnside
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Judy Hiatt
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Lawyer
Patrick Houser ... Chester
Alvin Crow Alvin Crow ... Deputy Wayne
Ned Dowd ... Deputy Bobby
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Storyline

Thriller about a New York ex-cop and an attractive female sheriff who fall in love while investigating a string of mysterious cattle mutilations in a small Colorado town. Urich is great as Reuben Castle, the retired alcoholic police lieutenant out visiting the town with his tomboy daughter. At first he tries to stay out of the case but finds himself involved after the mysterious death of his friend Joe Hiatt, the editor of the local paper whose theories about black helicopters have aroused the ire of cattle baron Ben Morgan. Trying miserably to stay sober, Castle finds himself back in danger and in love, as he and the sheriff work together to get to the bottom of the mystery, encountering incredible danger and resistance from the frightened locals. Written by Unknown

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What you don't know can kill you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Vem do Céu See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$624,041, 12 September 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,474,249
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Susan is played by Heather Menzies-Urich, co-star Robert Urich's off-screen wife. Menzies is best known as Louisa, one of the children in The Sound of Music (1965). See more »

Quotes

Ruben Castle: What are you doin'?
Mackenzie Castle: Nothin'.
Ruben Castle: What are you grinnin' at?
Mackenzie Castle: Nothin'!
Ruben Castle: You're sixteen, that guy's thirty years old!
Mackenzie Castle: So what? My mother was sixteen when she married you, right?
Ruben Castle: So what?
Mackenzie Castle: Yeah? So I like older men. They remind me of the father I never had.
Ruben Castle: Oh, yeah, yeah? Well, you got one now, kid.
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BOOZERS ARE LOOSERS
Composed and Performed by Hoyt Axton
Courtesy of Jeremiah Records
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So-so movie about cattle mutilations
9 April 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

This used to play on WTBS. It's nice to have a movie set in ranch country about ranching. Unfortunately, this movie goes downhill from there. It is pretty far-fetched and unlikely, and you might not even catch the point of it. If there are the evil trucks going down the road, why don't the locals know who they belong to and what they're hauling? The acting is okay. I Remember Peter Coyote as being a deputy involved with Urich's daughter, but it's been a while since I've seen this movie. I have read in The Edge of Evil (Word Publishing, 1989) by Jerry Johnston that some cattle mutilations really are caused by organized Satan worshipers using high-tech equipment. Naturally I remembered this movie when I read that. You have to just enjoy this movie and not use your brain too much.


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