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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive pulling Holliday Hammond's train is Sierra Railroad No. 3. Built in 1891 and nicknamed the "movie star engine", No. 3 has been featured in numerous Westerns, most famously in Back to the Future Part III (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Colonel Holiday Hammond and Major Cooper Ashbury are bringing their prisoners ashore in Laguna Madre, Mexico, three of the lifeboats are facing the shore bow first, but the fourth lifeboat is facing the shore stern first, which would make it both very difficult to paddle generally, and very difficult to beach specifically, since the bow is designed both to slice the water, and to ride up over the sand. It is also the first of the four lifeboats to come ashore, which is not likely, considering the additional resistance that boat is facing. What is more likely is that a backward facing lifeboat, encountering more resistance, would be noticeably behind the three boats facing the shore bow first. See more »

Quotes

Mac Traven: Blue, grey, it doesn't matter, a man fights for what he believes in.
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great cast, enjoyable western
25 September 2014 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Sometimes I think of a good western as a conventional plot, with slight variations, and having the merit of doing it in the best way possible. Applying those standards "The Shadow Riders" scores quite well. Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott are the ideal heroes, playing two brothers who fight on different sides during the civil war.Just listening to their dialog is half the fun of the film. Katharine Ross is beautiful and Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Junior ( remember the John Ford films?) are welcome additions to an already excellent cast. The story is from Louis L'Amour and follows the character of his books, predictable but entertaining. The musical score brings to mind the song "The Battle of New Orleans". An unusual scenery with vivid colors and a seashore that looks a lot like California even though it is in Texas, this western is not outstanding, but very enjoyable


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