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The Desperate Trail (1994)

After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery, and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes, her father-in-law, sentences her to... See full summary »

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P.J. Pesce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... Marshall Bill Speakes
Craig Sheffer ... Jack Cooper
Linda Fiorentino ... Sarah O'Rourke
Frank Whaley ... Walter Cooper
John Furlong John Furlong ... Zeb Hollister
Robin Westphal Robin Westphal ... Mamie Hollister
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Scar Face Leader
Joey Hamlin Joey Hamlin ... Laughing Boy Killer
Daniel O'Haco Daniel O'Haco ... Happy (as Danny O'Haco)
Bradley Whitford ... Tommy Donnelly
Jill Scott Momaday Jill Scott Momaday ... Janie
R.L. Tolbert R.L. Tolbert ... Lean Poker Player
P.J. Pesce P.J. Pesce ... Scared Mustachioed Cowboy
Rockne Tarkington ... Packo
Michael Huddleston Michael Huddleston ... Clyde
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Storyline

After years of suffering under her beating husband, Sarah decides to no longer take any humiliation or battery, and kills him. For that, Marshal Speakes, her father-in-law, sentences her to the gallows. During a failed hold-up on the coach, she escapes, but Jack Cooper manages to snatch away the transported twenty-five hundred dollars from her, which she would have needed to start a new life. So she follows him to get it back. Soon they have to team up against the Marshal, who wants her dead so badly, he doesn't mind breaking the law. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Travellers. Partners. Lovers. Robbers. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The posse contains 6 men when they ride into town prior to the shootout. The shootout kills one of them, and a second member is killed by the Marshal. In the following scene where they are on the trail of the fugitives, the posse again numbers 6 men. See more »

Quotes

Sarah O'Rourke: So what do you need money so bad for? I thought you said you were a farmer!
Jack Cooper: Well, I am... or I'm going to be.
Sarah O'Rourke: In the meantime, you just rob people, right?
Jack Cooper: Sometimes you got to do some wrong to do some good.
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A Different Sam Elliott Than You're Used To
4 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Working class criminal Craig Sheffer teams up with escaped murderess Linda Fiorintino, who's better at killing than he is. Together they plot a bank robbery fall in love (sort of), and try to elude ruthless US Marshal Sam Elliott, the father of the man Fiorintino killed.

A solid enough western, The Desperate Trail rides the early 90's wave of renewed interest in the genre, brought about by the success of Unforgiven and Dances With Wolves.

This has enough blood, guts, and bullets to satisfy action fans, as well as good production values and performances, especially Elliott who's apparently as good at being nasty as he is at being folksy.

My only problem is that despite the fact that the climax is action-packed, it stops just short of being satisfying.


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