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Endangered Species (1982)

About a retired New York cop on Vacation in America's West who is drawn into a female sheriff's investigation of a mysterious series of cattle killings.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writers:

Judd Klinger (story) (as Judson Klinger), Richard Clayton Woods (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Ruben Castle
JoBeth Williams ... Harriet Purdue
Paul Dooley ... Joe Hiatt
Hoyt Axton ... Ben Morgan
Peter Coyote ... Steele
Marin Kanter ... Mackenzie Castle
Gailard Sartain ... Mayor
Dan Hedaya ... Peck
Harry Carey Jr. ... Dr. Emmer
John Considine ... Burnside
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Judy Hiatt
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Lawyer
Patrick Houser ... Chester
Alvin Crow Alvin Crow ... Deputy Wayne
Ned Dowd ... Deputy Bobby
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Storyline

Thriller about a New York ex-cop and an attractive female sheriff who fall in love while investigating a string of mysterious cattle mutilations in a small Colorado town. Urich is great as Reuben Castle, the retired alcoholic police lieutenant out visiting the town with his tomboy daughter. At first he tries to stay out of the case but finds himself involved after the mysterious death of his friend Joe Hiatt, the editor of the local paper whose theories about black helicopters have aroused the ire of cattle baron Ben Morgan. Trying miserably to stay sober, Castle finds himself back in danger and in love, as he and the sheriff work together to get to the bottom of the mystery, encountering incredible danger and resistance from the frightened locals. Written by Unknown

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What you don't know can kill you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cows See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,474,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,474,249
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Susan is played by Heather Menzies-Urich, co-star Robert Urich's off-screen wife. Menzies is best known as Louisa, one of the children in The Sound of Music (1965). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ross: The test results from the catalog that you sent to me were interesting.
Harriet Purdue: Really! What'd you find?
Dr. Ross: First, the incisions. Laser surgery is what I'd have to guess. And we also found traces of a rare bacterium: Clostridium botulinum.
Harriet Purdue: What?
Dr. Ross: Botulinum. It's a poison, extremely deadly. And uh, this particular strain has been modified by gene splicing.
Harriet Purdue: Where does it come from?
Dr. Ross: Well, I'd never sign my name to this. Uh, Lieutenant Castle did say he wouldn't quote me?
Harriet Purdue: No, I won't.
Dr. Ross: Yes, well, uh, the only ...
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BOOZERS ARE LOOSERS
Composed and Performed by Hoyt Axton
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Well-Made Sci-Fi Film
14 September 2003 | by nicholas123abcSee all my reviews

Robert Urich and Jobeth Williams star in this fairly competant issue. Urich plays a single dad who while on vacation with his daughter starts to investigate a series of cattle mutilations. Good beginning and middle but ending could have been better.


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