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Red River (1988)

TV-14 | | Western | TV Movie 10 April 1988
A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.

Director:

Richard Michaels

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Borden Chase (story), Borden Chase (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... Matthew Garth
James Arness ... Thomas Dunson
Gregory Harrison ... Cherry Valance
Stan Shaw ... Jack Byrd
Ray Walston ... Groot
Ty Hardin ... Cotton
Robert Horton ... Mr. Melville, Cattle Buyer
John Lupton ... Eli Pruitt
Guy Madison ... Bill Meeker, Rancher
Laura Johnson ... Kate
Zachary Ansley ... Cal
Jerry Potter Jerry Potter ... Teeler
Burton Gilliam ... Buster
L.Q. Jones ... Sims
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Bunk Kennelly
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A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.

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A tempestuous cattle drive across 1000 dangerous miles of Texas landscape.

Genres:

Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiume rosso See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Since there is no "Errors in astronomy" category, I guess this goes here. When Gregory Harrison (Cherry Valance) is wooing Laura Johnson (Kate) at night under a tree with a canopy you couldn't possibly see through, while she's holding a child, and she says she has to go, and he points out the big dipper to her to get her to stay. But the view shows a thick patch of stars with no pattern. Not the Big Dipper, which is in a northern region with much fewer stars where it's easily visible year-round if it's view-able. See more »

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Remake of Red River (1948) See more »

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Imitation is flattery but not improvement
23 June 2009 | by george-f-adamsSee all my reviews

Amazing.

I would have thought Marshall Dillon could play John Wayne better than he did. But I wouldn't have thought there'd be a reason for having him do it in the first place. The confrontation scenes called for Wayne's swaggering in-your-face style, but, despite his lines, James Arness seemed to be trying to defuse his own fight, keeping law and order in Dodge City on Saturday night.

Taking a truly classic movie and trying to improve it by having different actors repeat the same lines is basically stupid. Adding a minor twist here and there in an otherwise identical plot only makes the viewer think someone made a mistake.

As for realism, where did they get the height-challenged cattle to walk around the street? Were they all calves born during the drive? I know the actors are tall, but not that tall. And need I mention the Indians that kept getting shot off their horses while the number riding in circles uselessly shaking tomahawks never decreased, and there were never any casualties lying on the ground?

If a band of village idiots ever remake The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly they'd better keep the original music, or they'll find that only it and Clint Eastwood made the movie a legend. If anyone doubts this, they need only watch the remake of Red River to understand.


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