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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

PG | | Drama, Western | 11 July 1973 (USA)
A tough Marshal has a difficult task when his two sons join a gang and rob a bank.

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Joe Meehan
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Hank
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J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got, just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks, so when his two young boys want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank. They end up getting more than they bargained for. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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A lawman and his sons face the ultimate test of courage. See more »

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Drama | Western

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After he finished the film, John Wayne went to Seattle, Washington, to film McQ (1974). Since Wayne was on location, Warner Bros. decided to hold the premiere of Cahill in Seattle in 1973. Protesters appeared at the opening claiming the film was unfair to Native Americans. See more »

Goofs

Rain falling at two different and constant angles when Billy Joe Cahill hides from Abe Fraser in the farmyard. See more »

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J.D. Cahill: My apologies, ma'am. Slight negligence in his upbringing.
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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

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A Man Gets To Thinkin'
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Charlie Rich
(Courtesy of Epic Records)
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Thematically strong, but executed with little gusto.
14 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"If you don't like the treatment, then don't rob banks"

J.D. Cahill is a fearsome Marshal, his reputation goes before him where ever he roams, but when his two sibling boys decide to get his attention by way of joining a gang and then robbing a bank, he is perhaps faced with his toughest challenge.

This is not a great John Wayne film, in fact it's distinctly average, but at its heart, the tale of a single father trying to balance his work and bring up his children properly, is interestingly watchable. Unfortunately after a brisk and entertaining opening the film ambles along without any wish to up the ante. John Wayne, and chief bad guy George Kennedy appear to merely be going through the motions, and some of the technical work here only compounds the cheap feel that cloaks the story. It's ultimately mostly unforgettable stuff, but it deserves a watch because it does at least say a bit more than at first thought, it's just real sad that it's not put together very well. 5/10


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