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Red Headed Stranger (1986)

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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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William D. Wittliff (as Bill Wittliff)

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William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)
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Cast

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 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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A rőt hajú idegen See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

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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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When Good Country Singers Go Bad
30 April 2002 | by jthivaiSee all my reviews

Along with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson has been making films as well as albums for years. _Red Headed Stranger_, an idea based on the album of the same name, is pretty much spaghetti-western fare. Nelson plays a preacher, his band plays the bad guys, Morgan Fairchild plays the wife and the carnage begins.

While certainly not Oscar-worthy, it is a must see for any true Nelson fan. I recommend getting some friends, a Willie-style "cigarette", a bottle of whiskey and this movie. Featuring tracks from the album _Red Headed Stranger_, the soundtrack is better than the film. Another notable film is _Honeysuckle Rose_, where Nelson plays basically himself.

All in all, cheesy fun. And, the film was shot in Texas, behind Nelson's Perdenales recording studio and golf club.


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