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Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

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

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

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Harry Julian Fink (screenplay), Rita M. Fink (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... J. D. Cahill
George Kennedy ... Fraser
Gary Grimes ... Danny
Neville Brand ... Lightfoot
Clay O'Brien ... Billy Joe
Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Green
Morgan Paull ... Struther
Dan Vadis ... Brownie
Royal Dano ... MacDonald
Scott Walker ... Ben Tildy
Denver Pyle ... Denver
Jackie Coogan ... Charlie
Rayford Barnes ... Pee Wee Simser
Dan Kemp Dan Kemp ... Joe Meehan
Harry Carey Jr. ... Hank
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Break the law and he's the last man you want to see. And the last you ever will. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cahill: United States Marshal See more »

Filming Locations:

Chihuahua, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne later said, "It just wasn't a well done picture. It needed better writing, it needed a little better care in making." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

J.D. Cahill: Do I have to shoot you or what?
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Connections

Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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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What happens when an Old West Marshal neglects his two sons
20 May 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1973 and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, "Cahill United States Marshal" is a Western starring John Wayne as the titular marshal and Neville Brand as his half-Native tracker in the Southwest. Widower Cahill is so busy with his work that he's neglectful of his two sons, 10 and 17, and thus they veer toward delinquency, hooking up with a group of ne'er-do-wells (led by George Kennedy). After getting away with robbing a bank, the sons must deal with the moral conundrum of a (dubious) group of men being hanged for a crime they didn't commit.

The Duke had some great or near great Westerns in the final two decades of his career (e.g. "The Horse Soldiers," "The Alamo," "The Comancheros," "El Dorado," "True Grit," "The Cowboys," "The Train Robbers" and "Rooster Cogburn"), but "Cahill" isn't one of 'em. While I appreciate that Wayne tried to do something different by having the story focus on the ramifications of his neglected kids, the movie simply isn't very compelling and the boys aren't interesting as characters. It doesn't help that Kennedy is decidedly cartoony as the villain. Disregarding the awesome Western locations, the storytelling smacks of a 60s or 70's TV show Western.

Yet, if you're a Duke fan, "Cahill" is mandatory viewing. The relationship between Cahill and the tracker (Brand) is a highlight, as is the Western scenery. Speaking of the latter, the movie is further hampered by three nighttime sequences obviously shot in the studio, which appear at the beginning, middle and end, but that's a minor cavil.

The film runs 103 minutes and was shot in Sonora, Mexico; Arizona; and Calderon Ranch, California. The screenplay was written by Harry & Rita Fink based on Barney Slater's story.

GRADE: C


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