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Dead or Alive (1988)

The Tracker (original title)
After a series of vicious crimes by a renegade group of cowboys, led by "Red Jack" Stilwell, a legendary tracker, Noble Adams is pulled out of retirement to capture Stilwell, dead or alive.... See full summary »

Director:

John Guillermin

Writer:

Kevin Jarre
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Noble Adams
Scott Wilson ... John 'Red Jack' Stillwell
Mark Moses ... Tom Adams
David Huddleston ... Lane Crawford
John Quade ... Lomax
Don Swayze ... Brewer
Geoffrey Blake ... Miller
Leon Rippy ... Chub Dumont
Ernie Lively ... Bob
Karen Kopins ... Sarah Bolton
Celia Xavier ... Inez
Jeff Celentano ... Lon (as Jeff Weston)
Jennifer Snyder Jennifer Snyder ... Mary Bolton
Brynn Thayer ... Lottie Adams
Jose Rey Toledo Jose Rey Toledo ... Redondo
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Storyline

After a series of vicious crimes by a renegade group of cowboys, led by "Red Jack" Stilwell, a legendary tracker, Noble Adams is pulled out of retirement to capture Stilwell, dead or alive. Reluctantly, needing more men, he allows his son, Tom to tag along, revealing to Tom a whole brutal side of ruthlessness Noble thought he left behind. Written by spyguy88

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He thought his days of violence had ended... But the battle between good and evil is never over.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive See more »

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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

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Several times during the course of the movie, aircraft con trails are clearly visible in the sky. At the time this movie takes place, the Wright brothers had not yet flown their Flyer. See more »

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A Regrettably Overlooked and Underrated Gem of a Western
1 January 2015 | by frankjberstSee all my reviews

Made for HBO and aired in the winter and spring of 1988 only to be soon forgotten, THE TRACKER is an exceptionally rendered Western and one of the best movies of the genre in the post-Eastwood era. A simple yet interesting premise is blended with tight action and deeply effective characterization to give any Western fan a highly satisfying experience, as it was for me when it originally aired. Adding to its strengths are the evocative and atmospheric soundtrack and the superior scriptwriting, creating a palpable old west atmosphere and fully believable characters who are not overacted or overdrawn. Of special note is Kris Kristofferson's understated and restrained performance, which results in a serious and fully credible character in the form of the tracker Noble Adams. Scott Wilson as the protagonist is excellent as usual, with strong contributions by all cast involved. I urge any true Western fan to obtain and watch THE TRACKER; it is an experience to be enjoyed and appreciated.


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