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Santee (1973)

PG | | Western | September 1973 (USA)
A bounty hunter takes in the son of a man he killed.

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Gary Nelson

Writer:

Brand Bell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Santee
Michael Burns ... Jody
Dana Wynter ... Valerie
Jay Silverheels ... John Crow
Harry Townes ... Sheriff Carter
John Larch ... Banner
Robert J. Wilke ... Deaks (as Robert Wilke)
Robert Donner ... J.C.
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Lance
John Bailey John Bailey ... Homesteader
X Brands ... Hook
Caruth C. Byrd Caruth C. Byrd ... Piano Player
Chuck Courtney ... Grayson
Lindsay Crosby ... Horn
William Ford William Ford ... Postmaster
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Storyline

Jody Deakes joins up with his father after many years, only to discover that his dad is part of an outlaw gang on the run from a relentless bounty hunter named Santee. Jody is orphaned soon after Santee catches up to the gang, and follows Santee in hopes of taking vengeance for his father's death. Instead, however, Jody discovers that Santee is a good and loving man, tormented by the death of his young son at the hands of another outlaw gang. Santee and his wife take Jody in and a father-son relationship begins to grow. Then the gang that killed Santee's son shows up. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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How Long Can a Man Hunt Something That's Already Dead? See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les trois flèches See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (CFI)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1972-73, actor Edward Platt (played "The Chief", in the secret agent parody TV show, "Get Smart" 1965-70) raised enough money to produce "Santee", which was one of the first independent color movies that was shot entirely on videotape. Platt saw the many advantages of using videotape rather than film. And his crew shot the production with portable TV cameras (Norelco PCP-70 NTSC analog television system & the Philips PC-70 studio color camera) along with the Ampex VR-3000 two-inch portable video tape recorder. Once completed, the images were transferred to the 35 mm film format for it's theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

Santee: Well, do you want to come along and see to their rights? They'll get a preacher, and a prayer, and a pine box, all at county expenses, if it means anything to you.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 4 secs to remove a horse-fall. See more »

Soundtracks

Jody
Music by Don Randi
Lyrics by Bob Silver & Pete Willcox
Performed by The Raiders, featuring Paul Revere & Mark Lindsay
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Early example of Electronic Cinema
9 February 2004 | by marcW-2See all my reviews

Few people remember that SANTEE was one of the very first feature films (and almost definitely the first Western) shot on videotape. Noted character actor Ed Platt, famous for his role as "The Chief" in the TV series GET SMART, reportedly invested his own money in this film, intending to champion the concept of shooting movies economically on videotape.

The process used portable Philips (aka Norelco) video cameras and primitive Ampex 2" videotape recorders, which they powered via batteries while shooting on-location the desert and in and around California and Nevada. A 1973 issue of AMERICAN

CINEMATOGRAPHER covered the work done by director of photography Don Morgan and his crew, and went in-depth on the differences between shooting on film and shooting on video. Sadly, SANTEE was a flop in theaters, and Ed Platt lost his money and died less than a year after the movie was released.

Three decades later, innovative filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez and George Lucas are using digital video gear to shoot movies. Ed Platt was definitely ahead of his time on SANTEE; sadly, he never lived to see the technology get to the point where it would work.


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