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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

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Cliff
Stephen J. Lang ...
Mikey
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Sam
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Pilar
Oni Faida Lampley ...
Celie
Eleese Lester ...
Molly
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Deputy Travis
Gonzalo Castillo ...
Amado
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Enrique
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Hollis
Tony Frank ...
Fenton
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Mercedes Cruz
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Charlie Wade
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Young Hollis
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Buddy Deeds
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Del
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Priscilla Worth (as LaTanya Richardson)
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Chet
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Otis
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Athena
Damon Guy ...
Shadow
Dee Macaluso ...
Anglo Mother
Luis Cobo ...
Mexican-American Father
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Anglo Father
Don Phillips Jr. ...
Principal (as Don Phillips)
Mary Jane R. Hernandez ...
Mexican-American Mother
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Danny
Carina Martinez ...
Paloma
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Ray
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Ben Wetzel (as Richard A. Jones)
Beatrice Winde ...
Minnie Bledsoe
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Young Otis
Randy Stripling ...
Roderick
Richard Reyes ...
Jorge
Olga Luna ...
Waitress
Juan Vega III ...
Cook
Lizzie Curry Martinez ...
Girl
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Cody
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Carolyn (as Carmen de Lavallade)
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Young Pilar
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Young Sam
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Pete
Maricela Gonzalez ...
Anselma
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Chucho Montoya
Gilbert R. Cuellar Jr. ...
Eladio
James Borrego ...
Young Chucho
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Wesley Birdsong
Lisa Suarez ...
Marisol
Jesus Ramirez ...
Driver (as Jesús Ramirez)
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Bunny
John Griesemer ...
Football Announcer (voice)
Eduardo Martínez ...
Jaime (as Eduardo Martinez)
Azalea Mendez ...
Young Mercedes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Mead ...
Man at breakfest table (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sayles

Written by

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John Sayles ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jan Foster ... associate producer
R. Paul Miller ... producer
Maggie Renzi ... producer
John Sloss ... executive producer

Music by

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Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Stuart Dryburgh ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Sayles

Editorial Department

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Josh Brockman ... post-production assistant
Monica De Armond ... post-production assistant
Mario Ontal ... assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer
Plummy Tucker ... associate editor

Casting By

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Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Dan Bishop

Art Direction by

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J. Kyler Black ... (as Kyler Black)

Set Decoration by

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Dianna Freas

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe

Makeup Department

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Roy Bryson ... key hair stylist
Maria Camino ... assistant makeup artist
Lori Hicks ... key makeup artist
Martha Mendez ... assistant makeup artist
Caroline Rempher ... hair stylist
Susan Todd ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Robert Labrecque ... production manager
Caitlin Maloney ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Galia Hardy ... second second assistant director
Brian O'Kelley ... second assistant director
John Powditch ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jamie Bishop ... on-set dresser (as James Bishop)
Bart Brown ... set dresser
Susan Bucciarelli ... scenic
Robert Buncher ... gang boss
Scott Byrd ... set dresser
Don L. Carr ... props assistant (as Don Carr)
Carolyn Cartwright ... assistant set decorator
Jose Luis de la Garza ... scenic
William H. Franko ... carpenter (as William Franko)
David Hack ... leadman
Mark Heredia ... art department production assistant
Mario Herrera ... scenic
Janet Kalas ... charge scenic
Caitlin Maloney ... art department coordinator
Shane Patrick ... set dresser
Geri Lynn Peterson ... assistant property master
Buster Pile ... construction coordinator
Gerarda Pizzarello ... paint foreman
Eugene Pope ... carpenter (as Gene Pope)
Michael G. Richer ... construction foreman (as Michael Richer)
Gilbert Sanchez ... carpenter
Philip Schneider ... property master
Kenny Strickland ... set dresser
Ricardo Villarreal ... scenic
Robert Lee Whitlock II ... set dresser (as Rob Lee Whitlock II)
Juan Zaragoza ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... sound re-recording engineer
Kam Chan ... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah ... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Chris Fielder ... transfer assistant
Eugene Gearty ... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein ... sound effects editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Sylvia Menno ... dialogue editor
Caroline Hall Otis ... cable puller
Bruce Pross ... foley recordist
Gail Showalter ... adr editor (as Gail Stockton)
Stuart Stanley ... foley editor
Philip Stockton ... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher ... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Jennifer Winslow ... boom operator (as Jennifer C. Winslow)
Clive Winter ... sound mixer
Al Gomez ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jack Bennett ... special effects coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Abby Antweil ... additional grip
Kevin Boyd ... video assist
Diane Broussalian ... camera loader
Buzzy Burwell ... best boy electric
Mark Shane Davis ... key grip
Art Garza Jr. ... grip production assistant
Curtis Herbert ... additional grip
Edison Jackson ... grip
Brent L. Jones ... additional grip
Paul Kloss ... electrician
Steve Lang ... key rigging grip
Mitchell Linden ... best boy grip
Jimmy Lindsey ... additional second assistant camera (as Jimmy W. Lindsey)
Mark Manthey ... grip
David McGill ... steadicam operator
Christopher J. Meyer ... electrician
Ted Morris ... first assistant camera
Brian W. Nordheim ... second assistant camera (as Brian Nordheim)
Maura Osborne ... rigging electrician (as Maura Osbourne)
Alan Pappe ... still photographer (as Alan Pappé)
Peter Pearce ... electrician
Bill Pierson ... dolly grip
Scott H. Ramsey ... gaffer
Robert B. Reynolds ... rigging grip (as Robert Reynolds)
Matt Richardson ... additional grip (as Matthew K. Richardson)
Wally Rowell ... electrician (as Walton Rowell)
Walter Royle ... additional grip
Alisa Siegel ... camera production assistant
Ralph Watson ... Steadicam operator

Casting Department

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Lizzie Curry Martinez ... extras casting director
Julie Lichter ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sevilla Granger ... wardrobe assistant
Shari Gray ... key costumer
Mayes C. Rubeo ... wardrobe supervisor (as Mayes Rubeo)

Location Management

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Tammye McDavid ... location production assistant
Deborah Parker ... location manager
Carla Raij ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Bruce Bennett ... music assistant (as Bruce Bennet)
Mason Daring ... score performer
Arlene Fishbach ... music consultant
Evan Harlan ... score performer
Tim Jackson ... score performer
Duke Levine ... score performer
Larry Luddecke ... score performer
Billy Novick ... score performer
Nic Ratner ... music editor
David Shacter ... music score engineer / music score mixer
Mike Turk ... score performer
Marshal Wood ... score performer

Transportation Department

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Jorge Betancourt ... driver
Juan Betancourt ... driver
Billy Cude ... driver
Rolando De Hoyos ... driver (as Rolando de Hoyos)
Jim Dicuffa ... transportation captain (as Jim DiCuffa)
Yolanda B. Flores ... driver
Bill Girard ... driver
Leo Perez ... driver
Phil Schriber ... transportation coordinator
Jesus F. Tellez ... driver (as Jessie Tellez)
Jesus Vallejo ... driver

Other crew

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Alexis Arnold ... assistant coordinator
Sara Ballon ... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer
Melody Beam ... set production assistant
Fernando Y. Cedillo ... production assistant
Mary Cybulski ... script supervisor
Nathan R. Fitzgerald ... set production assistant (as Nathan Fitzgerald)
David G. Fortis ... chef's helper
David Glassman ... forensic anthropologist (as Dr. David Glassman)
Rob Harris ... unit publicist
Bill Hershey ... chef
Karyn Kusama ... office manager: New York
Mitch Marovitz ... military advisor (as Lt. Col. Mitch Marovitz)
Angela Quiles ... production coordinator
Paal Ronnes ... production assistant
Nick Sanders ... craft service / medic
Renée Smith ... production assistant
Shari Sontag ... assistant accountant
Danielle Sotet ... post-production accountant
Mike Sullivan ... tutor
Kevin Vizard ... assistant chef
Alan Jacques ... projectionist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert....As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade. While Sam puzzles out the long-past events surrounding the mystery corpse, he also longs to rekindle a romance with his old high-school flame. Sayles' complex characters are brought together as the tightly woven plot finally draws to its dramatic close. Written by Tad Dibbern

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Taglines John Sayles invites you to return to the scene of the crime. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lone Star, el rastre d'un crim (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Stella solitaria (Italy)
  • Samotna zvezda (Slovenia)
  • Estrella solitaria (Uruguay)
  • Lone Star - Ahol a legendák születnek (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 135 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,845,000, 19 Jul 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia Joe Morton plays Ron Canada's son, despite being over 18 months older than him. See more »
Goofs When Col. Payne enters Big O's bar, the birds (Eagles denoting full colonel rank) on his shoulders are upside down. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Eraser/Wallace and Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation/The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Lone Star/Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Mi Unico Camino See more »
Quotes Cliff: I never thought I'd see the a buddy of mine would be dating a woman with three bars on her shoulder.
Mickey: I think it's beyond what you'd call dating.
Cliff: You're gonna get married?
Mickey: Maybe.
Cliff: You met her family? Think her family's gonna be okay that you're a white guy?
Mickey: They think any woman over 30 who isn't married is a lesbian. She figures, they'll be so relieved that I'm a man...
Cliff: Yeah, it's always heartwarming to see a prejudice defeated by a deeper prejudice.
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