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Showdown (1973)

PG | | Western | 20 June 1973 (USA)
Two men who have been friends since childhood find themselves on opposite ends of the law.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Theodore Taylor (screenplay), Hank Fine (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Chuck Jarvis
Dean Martin ... Billy Massey
Susan Clark ... Kate Jarvis
Donald Moffat ... Art Williams
John McLiam ... F.J. Wilson
Charles Baca Charles Baca ... Martinez
Jackson D. Kane Jackson D. Kane ... Clem (as Jackson Kane)
Ben Zeller ... Perry Williams
John Gill John Gill ... Earl Cole (as John Richard Gill)
Philip L. Mead Philip L. Mead ... Jack Bonney
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Girl
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Big Eye (as Vic Mohica)
Raleigh Gardenhire Raleigh Gardenhire ... Joe Williams
Ed Begley Jr. ... Pook
Dan Boydston Dan Boydston ... Rawls
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Storyline

After a train robbery committed in New Mexico, a small gang sets-out to divide the loot. However, a disagreement over the shares causes one gang member, Billy Massey, to take the whole loot and run toward the Mexican border. The sheriff of Cumbres, Chuck Jarvis, learns of the train holdup and organizes a posse. Unfortunately, gang member Billy Massey is a very close childhood friend of the sheriff. No matter how disappointed the sheriff is, he's determined to do his duty and apprehend Billy. Local district attorney P. J. Wilson is a law-and-order hardliner with higher political aspirations. He demands the sheriff recover the railroad property immediately or else there will be consequences. Sheriff Chuck Jarvis hires a few Indian trackers and sets-out to find Billy. However, Billy's former gang members are also looking for him to recover the loot. Billy doubles-back to Cumbres and goes to the sheriff's house. While the sheriff's wife, Kate, serves Billy supper, the sheriff arrives and,... Written by nufs68

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Together they fought for survival...now their guns must turn against each other! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a River See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dean Martin rides away from the ranch he shoots down the Massey sign from the gate. The signs were supported by a single post. When he returned the two remaining signs were supported by two posts. See more »

Goofs

When the Sheriff and his wife go away for a vacation there is a scene at a hotel desk as they are checking in. The desk person gives them a room key and tells them they are in room "206." However, as their room door is opened by the bell-boy the room door shows that the room is numbered 12?3. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Jarvis: You stick to practicing law - I'll enforce it!
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Strictly a been-there-done-that western...the actors look as bored as viewers are likely to be
17 August 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director George Seaton's last film, an inert, tepid western about childhood pals and one-time cattle-ranch partners Dean Martin and Rock Hudson winding up on divergent paths: Martin joins a small gang of outlaws and robs a train near Bisbee while Hudson becomes sheriff of the neighboring community. Formula drama without any hint of suspense or even wayward humor. As soon as the crooked foursome robs the train, they split up over greed (with Dino taking control of the loot); Hudson hears about the robbery and immediately takes off on his horse, only to end up at his office sitting behind a desk. Nothing in Theodore Taylor's screenplay seems fresh or well thought out, and most of the dialogue is downright atrocious ("That hold-up was as slick as spit on a round doorknob!"). Hudson gives a little more energy than enervated Martin, but all in the cast seem to realize this is fatigued material. David Shire's score is a minor asset. *1/2 from ****


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