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The Gravy Train (1974)

Two rural West Virginia brothers leave home, rob an armored car and become fugitives.

Director:

Jack Starrett

Writers:

Bill Kerby, Terrence Malick (as David Whitney)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Calvin Dion
Frederic Forrest ... Russell (Rut) Dion
Margot Kidder ... Margie
Barry Primus ... Tony
Richard Romanus ... Carlo
Denny Miller ... Rex
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Bather
Robert Phillips ... Gino
Owen Orr ... Cannery Foreman
Jack Starrett ... Gentleman Rancher (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
Francesca Bellini Francesca Bellini ... Receptionist
Al Hansen ... Police Captain
Joe Tornatore ... Sergeant
Mary L. Honaker Mary L. Honaker ... Mother
Don Edwards Don Edwards ... Driver
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Two rural West Virginia brothers leave home, rob an armored car and become fugitives.

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If You Got Nothin', You Got Nothin' To Lose. See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dion Brothers See more »

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese was attached to direct but pulled out to do Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974). See more »

Quotes

Calvin: I'm Fucking Kirk Douglas!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Big Sleaze (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Next Time Around
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Meg Karlin (as Marsha Karlin)
Performed by Gregory Prestopino
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"Kirk f-cking Douglas!"
27 January 2008 | by PycalSee all my reviews

These immortal lines begin The Jack Starret directed masterpiece,'The Dion Brothers'. The plot centers around two blue collar West Virginian brothers (Stacy Keach and Frederic Forrest) who commit robberies in hopes of using the money to open a seafood restaurant!!? What follows is quite an adventure, and many comedic events ensue. The action scenes are all top notch and consist of some nicely realized shootouts. The latter of which is absolutely amazing and occurs in an abandoned building being demolished by a wrecking ball! The film was written by now famous director Terrence Malick and features an early appearance by Margot Kidder. All in all, an excellent hidden gem of the 70s and easily one of the finest action/comedy hybrids every made. Hopefully it gets a decent widescreen DVD release soon.


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