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Death Journey (1976)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 May 1976 (USA)
Fearful that their star witness might be murdered, two attorneys hire a protector to bring him from Los Angeles to New York. Jesse Crowder (Fred Williamson) is a no-nonsense tough guy. He ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Jesse Crowder
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ... Finley
Heidi Dobbs Heidi Dobbs ... Agent
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Agent
D'Urville Martin ... Detective Don
Art Maier Art Maier ... District Att'y Virgil Riley
Lou Bedford Lou Bedford ... Assistant D.A. Jonas
Ed Kovins Ed Kovins ... Stern, the mouthpiece
Patrick McCullough Patrick McCullough ... Jack Rosewald, gang leader
James B. Campbell James B. Campbell ... Judge (as Jim Campbell)
Sam Coppola ... Detective Johnson (as Sam J. Coppola)
Elliot Robins Elliot Robins ... Detective White
Jean Dancy Jean Dancy ... Woman at Gas Station
John Hopkins John Hopkins ... Witness
Alexis Tramunti Alexis Tramunti ... Alice


Fearful that their star witness might be murdered, two attorneys hire a protector to bring him from Los Angeles to New York. Jesse Crowder (Fred Williamson) is a no-nonsense tough guy. He buddies up with the witness, an accountant, and they hit the road. Outwitting their foes means taking all manner of conveyance, including automobile, train, and airplane. At every turn, Crowder and the witness face a variety of attacks, including gunfire and knife-wielding villains. At ease with the ladies, Crowder manages the entire journey with shirt unbuttoned and stogie clenched firmly in his teeth. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Sudden death in each fist! See more »


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Release Date:

25 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Jesse Crowder in Death Journey See more »

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Production Co:

Po' Boy Productions See more »
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(director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The woman at the gas station asking for directions was actually someone who was there at the time. Fred Williamson asked for her to be in the movie. See more »


Finley: [after two bad guys ambush the gas station] Crowder, Crowder! I'm shot!
Jesse Crowder: Get up, Finley. You're all right. That's not your blood.
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Alternate Versions

The newest DVD release by Code Red features the original uncut version, including an opening before the beginning credits where a man is murdered and also lingers more on the bloody bullet hits. Prior to this, many DVD releases were ripped from the 1980s Unicorn Video release from a pan-and-scan 35mm theatrical print removing the opening and edits to the bullet wounds. See more »


Followed by The Last Fight (1983) See more »


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Rather Pointless Action Film
19 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Death Journey (1976)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Former cop Jesse Crowder (Fred Williamson) is hired to transport a witness (Bernard Kirby) from the West Coast to the East Coast so that he can testify. The only problem is that a lot of people want the witness dead.

I'm really not sure what the hell DEATH JOURNEY is or is supposed to be. I started watching the movie and thought it was something made that went straight-to-VHS but then I was shocked to see that it was an actual theatrical movie from 1976. For the life of me I can't imagine how small the budget must have been and how few drive-in screens would actually play it. The film was directed by Williamson and you can honestly tell that wasn't his strongest field.

There are all sorts of problems with this film but the biggest is the actual screenplay, which is just downright silly at times. There's not a single second where you actually care about anything that is going on and to be quite honest you don't care if the witness lives or dies. With that in mind, there's really no suspense to anything that you're watching as you simply don't care what happens. It certainly doesn't help that the film manages to contain some of the lamest action scenes that you'll ever witness.

Williamson is at least mildly entertaining in his role, which of course requires him to bed several women, kill a few bad guys and deliver some one-liners. It seems they were trying to make him a DIRTY HARRY like character but it just doesn't work. The film is poorly made and just doesn't really have anything good going for it.

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