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Trackdown (1976)

R | | Action, Drama | 1976 (Italy)
When his sister Betsy packs up and leaves the family's Montana cattle ranch to find fame and fortune in Hollywood, her brother Jim decides to follow after her to make sure she doesn't get ... See full summary »

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Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

Paul F. Edwards, Ivan Nagy (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mitchum ... Jim Calhoun
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Betsy Calhoun
Anne Archer ... Barbara
Erik Estrada ... Chucho
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Lynn Strong
Vince Cannon ... Johnny Dee
John Kerry ... Sergeant Miller
Roberto Rodriguez Roberto Rodriguez ... Feo (as Roberto Rodríguez)
Ernie Wheelwright ... Rosey
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Curtain
Elisabeth Chauvet Elisabeth Chauvet ... Billie
Rafael López Rafael López ... Barba
Gilbert De la Pena Gilbert De la Pena ... Chino
Joe La Due Joe La Due ... Ben (as Joe LaDue)
Ray Sharkey ... Flash
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When his sister Betsy packs up and leaves the family's Montana cattle ranch to find fame and fortune in Hollywood, her brother Jim decides to follow after her to make sure she doesn't get into trouble. He's a little too late, however, since almost as soon as she gets off the bus, Betsy has her belongings stolen, then gets kidnapped, gang-raped, and is sold to a pimp to work for him as a prostitute. It is now up to Jim, with help from social worker Lynn, to rescue his sister and set things right. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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What if some street punks grabbed her? What if no one would help -- not the cops, the law or the courts? One man had that decision. What he did was illegal. But it was the only way he knew how. See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Girdap See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Essaness Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Runaway Girl
Words and Music by Larry Butler and George Richey
Sung by Kenny Rogers
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Aside From Home Alone And Taken,Rambo Last Blood Also Took It From Trackdown
21 September 2019 | by Desertman84See all my reviews

Well,I just saw the tweet from First Blood author,David Morrell. He stated that he was disappointed with "Rambo:The Last Blood" as it was practically based on movie plot and he named specifically this movie that stars James Mitchum,the son of Robert Mitchum, together with Karen Lamm,Erik Estrada, and Lee Ann Crosby. The Rambo author considered it a exploitation film where Sylvester Stallone took the idea for the plot of "The Last Blood". Is Morrell accurate in his assessment?

Well,"Trackdown" tells the story of rancher's sister (Rambo had his surrogate daughter) from Montana (Rambo had his ranch in Arizona) who ran away to live an exciting life in Los Angeles (Rambo's daughter ran away to Mexico to locate his true father). Too bad that the rancher's sister got abducted and was sold into sex slavery by a gang. (Rambo's daughter got kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel that is to be sold for sex slavery). When the rancher asked the help of the police but won't provide assistance,he took the law into his own hands to save his sister. As expected,the same thing happened in "Last Blood" as Rambo immediately took the law into his own hands to save his daughter. And obviously,the movie is cliched and predictable.

No question that this movie was released back in 1976 and has long been forgotten ever since. It was a B movie and it was definitely outdated by today's standards. When I reviewed the final film of Rambo,I stated that it could be the poorest film of the franchise. But after viewing "Trackdown",it only made its case stronger as definitely being the poorest film of the franchise due to its poor and unoriginal screenplay that was taken from many films such as Home Alone, Taken and Trackdown.

Indeed,Morrell was correct in his assessment. No wonder he felt bad because of it.


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