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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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They rode against rebels and gunrunners, renegades and thieves! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and Jeff Osterhage wanted to do another western together after they did The Sacketts (1979). They contacted that film's writer, Louis L'Amour and asked him to write a story idea for them. This film was the result. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, a group of northern soldiers appears, leading Dal. When they stop and Dal goes ahead, the soldiers stay in double line. Soon after they are in a single line. See more »

Quotes

Dal Traven: [Chuckles as he hurriedly pulls on his boots]
Mac Traven: This seems to remind you of something, don't it?
Dal Traven: Yeah, only it was the other way around.
Mac Traven: Old Man Childers' barn?
Dal Traven: Yeah. I seem to recall his daughter was there too, and her brothers comin' after ya.
Mac Traven: Yeah, I had a helluva time pullin' my boots on.
Dal Traven: It wasn't just your boots, little brother.
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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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