Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers.

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William D. Wittliff (as Bill Wittliff)

Writer:

William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... Rev. Julian Shay
Morgan Fairchild ... Raysha Shay
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Reese Scoby - Driscoll, Montana
Royal Dano ... Larn Claver
Katharine Ross ... Laurie
Sonny Carl Davis ... Odie Claver
Ted J. Crum Ted J. Crum ... Cauley Felps
Marinell Madden Marinell Madden ... Cindy Logan
Bryan Fowler Bryan Fowler ... Nathan - Laurie's Son
Paul English Paul English ... Avery Claver
Bee Spears Bee Spears ... Eugene Claver
Dennis Hill Dennis Hill ... Calvin Claver
Mark Jenkins ... Victor Claver
Berkley Garrett Berkley Garrett ... Rev. Longley
Elberta Hunter Elberta Hunter ... Mrs. Longley
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Revisionist western about fallen preacher Shay, who guns down his wife Raysha for running off with another man. Wandering, he meets single mom Laurie. However, helpless sheriff Scoby wants Shay to help him fight the villainous Clavers.

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Western

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Levon Helm was originally cast in the movie as a U.S. Marshal. Before filming began, Helm shot himself in the leg while practicing quick-draw techniques in his backyard and the role had to be recast. See more »

Goofs

In a long shot with a windmill, the windmill is turning, but facing away from the wind's direction as revealed by dust blowing, etc. (the wrong way). See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) See more »

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The preacher and the Gun
14 September 2004 | by gazineo-1See all my reviews

Average western drama highlighted by the always welcome presence of charismatic Willie Nelson in the lead role. The story is simple but effective for western style: a preacher (Nelson) became a furious and violent gunman after his wife (Fairchild)leaves him for another man. As a gunman, he must fight against cruel landowner (Dano) and his violent sons for the right of use of a water fountain in a distant and poor town.

Good scenes of fight and a decent photography made this one really watchable. A bit too predictable and slow at same points. But the good cast (R.G. Armstrong, as Nelson' old friend is terrific)is another great background.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Headed Stranger See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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