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Red River (1988)

TV-14 | | Western | TV Movie 10 April 1988
A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.

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Richard Michaels

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Borden Chase (story), Borden Chase (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Boxleitner ... Matthew Garth
James Arness ... Thomas Dunson
Gregory Harrison ... Cherry Valance
Stan Shaw ... Jack Byrd
Ray Walston ... Groot
Ty Hardin ... Cotton
Robert Horton ... Mr. Melville, Cattle Buyer
John Lupton ... Eli Pruitt
Guy Madison ... Bill Meeker, Rancher
Laura Johnson ... Kate
Zachary Ansley ... Cal
Jerry Potter Jerry Potter ... Teeler
Burton Gilliam ... Buster
L.Q. Jones ... Sims
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Bunk Kennelly
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A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.

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A tempestuous cattle drive across 1000 dangerous miles of Texas landscape.

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Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiume rosso See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Since there is no "Errors in astronomy" category, I guess this goes here. When Gregory Harrison (Cherry Valance) is wooing Laura Johnson (Kate) at night under a tree with a canopy you couldn't possibly see through, while she's holding a child, and she says she has to go, and he points out the big dipper to her to get her to stay. But the view shows a thick patch of stars with no pattern. Not the Big Dipper, which is in a northern region with much fewer stars where it's easily visible year-round if it's view-able. See more »

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Stick with the Original
7 December 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Red River (1988)

** (out of 4)

Watered-down remake of Howard Hawks' 1948 classic has James Arness stepping in for John Wayne and Bruce Boxleitner doing the Montgomery Clift part. Once again we see tyrant Arness taking a cattle drive 1,000 miles and battling a wide range of things. I always found it interesting when these made-for-TV flicks would come along and remake classics from the past. I think sometimes they worked to minor entertainment (STAGECOACH) but at other times you really have to wonder what the entire point was. This remake runs nearly thirty-minutes shorter and everything missing is pretty much the heart and soul to the original movie. It really does seem like the filmmakers and cast simply sat down, watched the original and then just done a cheap copy of it without trying to improve anything. Some people might give this film credit for being smart enough to not trying anything different but in the end we're left with a rather bland film without any excitement and little entertainment. I think the biggest problem is the actual screenplay, which adds very little to the original movie and what it does add doesn't get the job done. On the cattle drive there's a kid involved but this goes no where. We also have a former slave along for the ride who gets racist cowboys after him but again, this adds nothing. The entire relationship between Arness and Boxleitner has no emotion behind it and everything that worked in the original is missing here. You don't care about either men, their cattle, their journey or anything else. The entire film is just a reenactment of the original and it just isn't entertaining. Both Arness and Boxleitner sleepwalk through their roles as does Gregory Harrison as Cherry Valance. Ray Walston takes over the role that Walter Brennan originally played and he's the best thing here. RED RIVER has very little going for it and if you think it's unfair to compare the film to the remake then I'd agree. The only problem is that the film doesn't work on its own either.


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