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Dead or Alive (1988)

The Tracker (original title)
After a series of vicious crimes by a renegade group of cowboys, led by "Red Jack" Stilwell, a legendary tracker, Noble Adams is pulled out of retirement to capture Stilwell, dead or alive.... See full summary »

Director:

John Guillermin

Writer:

Kevin Jarre
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Noble Adams
Scott Wilson ... John 'Red Jack' Stillwell
Mark Moses ... Tom Adams
David Huddleston ... Lane Crawford
John Quade ... Lomax
Don Swayze ... Brewer
Geoffrey Blake ... Miller
Leon Rippy ... Chub Dumont
Ernie Lively ... Bob
Karen Kopins ... Sarah Bolton
Celia Xavier ... Inez
Jeff Celentano ... Lon (as Jeff Weston)
Jennifer Snyder Jennifer Snyder ... Mary Bolton
Brynn Thayer ... Lottie Adams
Jose Rey Toledo Jose Rey Toledo ... Redondo
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Storyline

After a series of vicious crimes by a renegade group of cowboys, led by "Red Jack" Stilwell, a legendary tracker, Noble Adams is pulled out of retirement to capture Stilwell, dead or alive. Reluctantly, needing more men, he allows his son, Tom to tag along, revealing to Tom a whole brutal side of ruthlessness Noble thought he left behind. Written by spyguy88

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He thought his days of violence had ended... But the battle between good and evil is never over.

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive See more »

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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the HBO network. See more »

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Several times during the course of the movie, aircraft con trails are clearly visible in the sky. At the time this movie takes place, the Wright brothers had not yet flown their Flyer. See more »

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Solid western
26 March 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I'm not sure why I put off seeing this western for so long - maybe because it was made for cable, and I thought a cable western couldn't compare to a big screen western. Anyway, I am glad that I finally saw this. Like many modern day westerns, this one has a lot of elements that make it raw and tough. But interestingly, the general tone isn't that. Instead, there is a creepy tone playing in the background for the most part. It's a creepiness that really makes it feel like anything bad could happen at any moment, and it's really effective. Elsewhere, the movie comes across as a professional exercise, ranging from being well acted to having good production values. Are there any flaws? Well, the only real flaw I found was that the script is (mostly) pretty predictable. But at least it's handled in a first class manner that will make it all the same pleasing to western fans.


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