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The Shadow Riders (1982)

After the Civil War, two brothers demobilized from the army return home and must rescue certain relatives who have been kidnapped by a band of renegade Confederates.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), Jim Byrnes (written for television)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Mac Traven
Sam Elliott ... Dal Traven
Dominique Dunne ... Sissy Traven
Ben Johnson ... Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
Scanlon Gail ... Yankee Officer
Geoffrey Lewis ... Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
Jeff Osterhage ... Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Gene Evans ... Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
Katharine Ross ... Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Miles Gillette
Marshall R. Teague ... Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Devol
Jane Greer ... Ma Traven
Harry Carey Jr. ... Pa Traven
Natalie May Natalie May ... Heather Traven
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Storyline

Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiancée, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the family.

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Sometimes you have to start a war to finish one. See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis L'Amour's The Shadow Riders See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, the descriptions for Mac and Dal are flip-flopped. See more »

Goofs

When Mac Traven pushes the horse over (beside the train), a rope can be seen tied to the horse's front feet to prevent it from sidestepping. See more »

Quotes

Mac Traven: Excuse me. I seem to have caught you in the middle of something.
Outlaw: We're just havin' a little fun. I mean, up till now, it's just been swattin' moskeeters. Now we're gonna hang us a Reb.
Mac Traven: Get 'im down.
Outlaw: What for? You're a Yankee aintcha?
Mac Traven: That's right.
Outlaw: Well this man's a Reb! A damned Reb! Why you botherin'?
Mac Traven: Usually wouldn't. Cept this one happens to be my brother.
[Mac cocks his pistol and points it at the outlaw]
Mac Traven: Get him down.
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Top of the line Western
18 April 1999 | by TED-26See all my reviews

Four of the best all time best western actors performing with Tom Selleck and Catharine Ross at their best -- Harry Carey, Jr., Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Lewis and Sam Elliot -- make the best of a Louis L'Amour story. Purists may be put-off by the geographical inaccuracies; there is no Baffin Bay or Converse County, Texas. The location looks more like the California coast than Texas.


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