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The Shadow Riders (1982)

After the Civil War, two brothers demobilized from the army return home and must rescue certain relatives who have been kidnapped by a band of renegade Confederates.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), Jim Byrnes (written for television)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Mac Traven
Sam Elliott ... Dal Traven
Dominique Dunne ... Sissy Traven
Ben Johnson ... Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
Scanlon Gail ... Yankee Officer
Geoffrey Lewis ... Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
Jeff Osterhage ... Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Gene Evans ... Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
Katharine Ross ... Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Miles Gillette
Marshall R. Teague ... Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Devol
Jane Greer ... Ma Traven
Harry Carey Jr. ... Pa Traven
Natalie May Natalie May ... Heather Traven
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Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiancée, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the family.

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Sometimes you have to start a war to finish one. See more »

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Romance | Western

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Trivia

The locomotive pulling Holliday Hammond's train is Sierra Railroad No. 3. Built in 1891 and nicknamed the "movie star engine", No. 3 has been featured in numerous Westerns, most famously in Back to the Future Part III (1990). See more »

Goofs

There's a blue cardboard drink carton above Mac's head on his parent's porch. See more »

Quotes

Mac Traven: I don't know nothin' bout Mexico. Dal?
Dal Traven: Not much.
Mac Traven: Jesse?
Jesse Traven: [Jesse shakes his head]
Dal Traven: I know someone who does. Jack Traven.
Mac Traven: You are talkin' about Uncle Black Jack Traven?
Dal Traven: Yessir.
Mac Traven: Well, big brother, you know there are some people who call him scoundrel.
Dal Traven: [Dal Grins]
Mac Traven: Some might even call him an outlaw.
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Not As Good As It Looks On The Surface
18 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If three guys ever looked like rugged, craggy-faced cowboys, it has to be the trio that starred in this made-for-TV movie: Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck and Ben Johnson. With those guys, and a whole lot more, and a story written by Louis L'Amour, this is about as western a Western as you'll ever find.....and it should be better than it is.

There is just too much "Rambo" mentality in the good guys never get hit and the bad guys get hit with every shot. That, and a few comments made such as "(adultry) is no big deal" has no place in this story and that kind of liberalism is more with the filmmakers than the people of the Old West.

The film is just "fair" in about every aspect, nothing of note, despite a lot of similarities (cast and author) as the better-made "The Sacketts."


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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