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Eddie Macon's Run (1983)

A young man, harshly sentenced for a few minor infractions, escapes from a prison in Huntsville Texas and flees to Laredo, Texas, where he hopes to cross into Mexico for a reunion with his wife and small son.

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Jeff Kanew

Writers:

James McLendon (novel), Jeff Kanew (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Carl 'Buster' Marzack
John Schneider ... Eddie Macon
Lee Purcell ... Jilly Buck
Lisa Dunsheath ... Kay Potts
Leah Ayres ... Chris
Tom Noonan ... Daryl Potts
J.C. Quinn ... Shorter
Gil Rogers ... Logan
Jay O. Sanders ... Rudy Potts
Todd Allen ... Desk Sergeant
Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Sheriff Nighblack
Susan Bongard Susan Bongard ... Newscaster
Matthew Cowles ... Ray Banes
Bill DeWeese Bill DeWeese ... Officer #12
Vic Polizos ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

Eddie Macon will do anything for and to be with his wife and young son, Chris and Bobby. It is for Bobby that they moved from Florida to Texas, one injustice after another which lands Eddie behind bars at Huntsville ultimately on a twenty year sentence. With Chris' help, Eddie plots to break out of prison, the plan to make his way on foot, traveling solely at night, to Laredo where he will cross the border into Mexico to meet Chris and Bobby, he and Chris figuring that he is not important enough for the Mexican authorities to bother sending him back if he is ever caught south of the border. While the good ol' boys within the Texas penal system send out the blood hounds to search for Eddie, Carl Marzack with the prisoner transfer office decides to search for Eddie on his own largely to settle an old score. While Marzack's colleagues' method is to chase, Marzack is more methodical, believing he just needs to follow the crumbs ultimately with Eddie showing himself in the process. There ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Eddie Macon is running from a nightmare... running to a dream... and running for his life.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szökés - Eddie Macon futása See more »

Filming Locations:

Encinal, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,262,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,262,691
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rodeo scenes were filmed at the Laredo International Fair and Exposition Grounds in Texas. See more »

Quotes

Carl 'Buster' Marzack: I'm getting too old for this shit.
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Referenced in Psych: If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead? (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Havin' You Back
Music by Norton Buffalo & Michael Hinton
Words by Norton Buffalo
Performed by Lacy J. Dalton
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"Balls spelled backwards is desperation." You learn something new every day!
25 November 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Eddie Macon (John Schneider of 'Dukes of Hazzard' TV fame) is a basically good man, who's ended up in prison on trumped-up charges. Before the movie begins, he's already attempted one escape, and as it opens, he's pulling off another one. If he gets caught again, he's going back in for life. He takes off on foot for Mexico, to reunite with his wife Chris (Leah Ayres) and son Bobby (Matthew Meece). Relentlessly pursuing him is stubborn, over the hill detective Carl Marzack (Kirk Douglas), who wants to prove to himself that he's still got what it takes to be a cop. At least, that's what he tells a friend.

In his first film vehicle, the engaging Schneider does a creditable job, playing a likable enough guy with the odds stacked against him. Among other episodes, Eddie will be threatened by a snake, tormented by redneck ranching family the Potts, and end up in the company of Jilly Buck (lovely Lee Purcell, delivering the movies' most interesting performance), who is willing to provide him assistance for no other reason than that it's a "slow Wednesday". Schneider provides a fair amount of beefcake moments for those that are interested, and also croons two songs on the soundtrack.

Competently shot (by James A. Contner), decently paced (director Jeff Kanew, who adapted the novel by James McLendon, was also the editor), and well acted, "Eddie Macon's Run" is not a great chase picture, but it is an adequate one, although there may be viewers that will wish there was more action. (There's actually only ONE car crash in this whole thing.) Douglas may be a little old for his role, but he's fun to watch. The first rate supporting cast features a respectable amount of familiar faces: Lisa Dunsheath, Tom Noonan, and Jay O. Sanders as the aforementioned Potts family, J.C. Quinn, Gil Rogers, Todd Allen, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Matthew Cowles, Vic Polizos, Dann Florek, J.T. Walsh (in his film debut), John Goodman, and Mark Margolis.

All in all, "Eddie Macon's Run" is not memorable but it IS entertaining.

Seven out of 10.


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