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Dark Before Dawn (1988)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery | September 1988 (USA)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John L. Martin John L. Martin ... Sen. Henry Vance
Clem McSpadden Clem McSpadden ... Cattleman
Nick Zickefoose Nick Zickefoose ... Diaryman (as Francis Zickefoose)
Charles Dickerson Charles Dickerson ... Farmer
Rance Howard ... Logan
E.K. Gaylord II E.K. Gaylord II ... Grain Hauler
Gary Jordan Gary Jordan ... Crop Duster
Charles Beecham Charles Beecham ... Ferdie
Timothy Scott ... Ollie (as Tim Scott)
Jeff Cox Jeff Cox ... Earl
Buck Taylor ... Charlie
Reparata Mazzola Reparata Mazzola ... Jessica
Paul Newsom Paul Newsom ... Roger
Sonny Gibson Sonny Gibson ... Jeff
Woody Watson ... Luther


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Action | Mystery


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Release Date:

September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato al amanecer See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmond, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Harvest of Tears ........
17 August 2015 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Harvest of Tears" is the exceptional C&W ballad that concludes this entertaining and unique movie. Starting with the Kansas and Oaklahoma filming locations, the atmosphere of a struggling farm community is perfectly set. The story of a big corporation manipulating grain prices to drive local farmers into bankruptcy is compelling. The cast includes some wonderful character actors. A group of renegade farmers, the Cabillistas, is lead by Billy Drago. Rance Howard runs the local "Farmco" grain mill for the truly evil corporate boss, played by Morgan Woodward. Ben Johnson is the town sheriff, and Doug McClure is another on the corporate payroll. The film is not perfect, with off screen kills, and choppy editing, but the terrific cast and intriguing story more than overcome these shortcomings. - MERK

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