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The Shadow Riders (1982)

After the Civil War, two brothers demobilized from the army return home and must rescue certain relatives who have been kidnapped by a band of renegade Confederates.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), Jim Byrnes (written for television)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Mac Traven
Sam Elliott ... Dal Traven
Dominique Dunne ... Sissy Traven
Ben Johnson ... Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
Scanlon Gail ... Yankee Officer
Geoffrey Lewis ... Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
Jeff Osterhage ... Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Gene Evans ... Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
Katharine Ross ... Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Miles Gillette
Marshall R. Teague ... Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Devol
Jane Greer ... Ma Traven
Harry Carey Jr. ... Pa Traven
Natalie May Natalie May ... Heather Traven
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Storyline

Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiancée, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the family.

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Sometimes you have to start a war to finish one. See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Riders See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and Jeff Osterhage wanted to do another western together after they did The Sacketts (1979). They contacted that film's writer, Louis L'Amour and asked him to write a story idea for them. This film was the result. See more »

Goofs

When Colonel Holiday Hammond and Major Cooper Ashbury are bringing their prisoners ashore in Laguna Madre, Mexico, three of the lifeboats are facing the shore bow first, but the fourth lifeboat is facing the shore stern first, which would make it both very difficult to paddle generally, and very difficult to beach specifically, since the bow is designed both to slice the water, and to ride up over the sand. It is also the first of the four lifeboats to come ashore, which is not likely, considering the additional resistance that boat is facing. What is more likely is that a backward facing lifeboat, encountering more resistance, would be noticeably behind the three boats facing the shore bow first. See more »

Quotes

Dal Traven: [Chuckles as he hurriedly pulls on his boots]
Mac Traven: This seems to remind you of something, don't it?
Dal Traven: Yeah, only it was the other way around.
Mac Traven: Old Man Childers' barn?
Dal Traven: Yeah. I seem to recall his daughter was there too, and her brothers comin' after ya.
Mac Traven: Yeah, I had a helluva time pullin' my boots on.
Dal Traven: It wasn't just your boots, little brother.
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Top of the line Western
18 April 1999 | by TED-26See all my reviews

Four of the best all time best western actors performing with Tom Selleck and Catharine Ross at their best -- Harry Carey, Jr., Ben Johnson, Geoffrey Lewis and Sam Elliot -- make the best of a Louis L'Amour story. Purists may be put-off by the geographical inaccuracies; there is no Baffin Bay or Converse County, Texas. The location looks more like the California coast than Texas.


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