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Sodbusters (1994)

In this parody of western tropes set in 1875, a powerful cattle rancher wants to get small folks' land. Fortunately, a mysterious stranger shows up to help the meek.

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Eugene Levy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kris Kristofferson ... Destiny
John Vernon ... Slade Cantrell
Fred Willard ... Clarence Gentry
Wendel Meldrum Wendel Meldrum ... Lilac Gentry
Max Gail ... Tom Partridge
Steve Landesberg ... Gunther Schteuppin
John Hemphill John Hemphill ... Cole
Don Lake ... Roy Poulet
Lou Wagner ... Shorty Simms
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Buza ... Jake
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Railroad Executive No. 1
John Friesen ... Cattle Baron No. 1
Ronnie Hawkins ... Cattle Baron No.2
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Annie Simms
Cody Jones Cody Jones ... Joe Gentry Jr.
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In this parody of western tropes set in 1875, a powerful cattle rancher wants to get small folks' land. Fortunately, a mysterious stranger shows up to help the meek.

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Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG-13
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La colère gronde See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlantis Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Unique, hilarious Western
30 November 2002 | by NewcriticSee all my reviews

Eugene Levy and John Hemphill, "SCTV" and "Maniac Mansion" veterans, take those shows' unique, droll humour and superimpose it on a classic Western storyline, and the result is spectacular. Hemphill and George Buza are hilarious as part of a hyper-Tarantinesque group of nefarious armchair proto-pop-philosophers trying to force several families off their land. Fred Willard is at his best as the dim-witted homesteader who stands in their way, gleefully unaware that his hired hand (Kris Kristofferson) is being openly pursued by his lascivious wife (very memorably played by Wendel Meldrum).

This type of humour works brilliantly in TV series, but experiences mild growing pains being transferred to feature length -- this movie does drag in spots. But it's still hilarious thanks to the great writing and performances, and is definitely recommended to all fans of this sort of drollery, and to anyone looking for a radically, refreshingly different take on the Wild West.


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