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Once Upon a Texas Train (1988)

An outlaw and a Texas Ranger Captain have a life-long personal feud, but twenty years later, with old-age settling in, they must put their differences aside in order to face the latest Texas problem, the youngest generation of outlaws.

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Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... John Henry Lee
Richard Widmark ... Captain Owen Hayes
Shaun Cassidy ... Cotton
Chuck Connors ... Nash Crawford
Ken Curtis ... Kelly Sutton
Royal Dano ... Nitro Jones
Jack Elam ... Jason Fitch
Gene Evans ... Fargo Parker
Kevin McCarthy ... The Govenor
Dub Taylor ... Charlie Lee
Stuart Whitman ... George Asque
Angie Dickinson ... Maggie
Jeb Stuart Adams ... Billy Bates
Clare Carey ... Meg Boley
Harry Carey Jr. ... Herald Fitch (as Harry Carey)
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Storyline

Captain Hayes of the Texas Rangers reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the notorious John Henry, an outlaw cowboy, and put him behind bars. Twenty years later, upon his release, Henry is older, but unrepentant. Within six hours after leaving his jail cell, he evens the score with Hayes by holding up the Bank of Texas for twenty thousand dollars in gold. Hayes, in his fury, gets himself out of retirement to take up the chase once more. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Some men took money ... Some men took lives ... These men took both.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

Thousand Oaks, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the locations and names in this movie are related to Willie Nelson. He is from the Waco, Texas area, from where the train comes, and the Brazos is a large river that flows through Waco. See more »

Goofs

Texas never had a "territorial prison" because Texas was never a territory. Unlike nearly every other state, Texas was an independent sovereign republic, and became part of the United States of America after a treaty was negotiated between the two nations (i.e., the Republic of Texas and the United States of America). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Owen Hayes: Put the gun down John Henry.
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Follows The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970) See more »

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An interesting film with a "history" to two earlier TV-films
13 October 1999 | by Sea-MaidSee all my reviews

A pleasant, tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek western (with that Burt Kennedy touch) that gives up yet another adventure with some wonderful characters that were first introduced almost 20 years earlier. I speak of the ABC Movie-of-the-Week films "The Over-the-Hill Gang" and "The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again" (which was Fred Astaire's TV-film debut and ONLY western film--ever!) The character of Richard Widmark was earlier played by Pat O'Brien in the first film, with Chuck Connors taking over Walter Brennan's part and Jack Elam here "filling" in for Edgar Buchanan. Those earlier films (from 1969 & 1970 respectively) were light yet entertaining and this film does not fail in that genre. Some might argue that many of the actors are in their "golden years"--and that's to the viewer's advantage as you will soon realize that with age certainly comes style. Sit back, enjoy and find a smile creeping across your face as you discover that there ARE films out there that are made "like they used to be"!


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