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The Shadow Riders (1982)

After the Civil War, two brothers demobilized from the army return home and must rescue certain relatives who have been kidnapped by a band of renegade Confederates.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), Jim Byrnes (written for television)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Mac Traven
Sam Elliott ... Dal Traven
Dominique Dunne ... Sissy Traven
Ben Johnson ... Uncle 'Black Jack' Traven
Scanlon Gail ... Yankee Officer
Geoffrey Lewis ... Major Cooper Ashbury, Comanchero Leader
Jeff Osterhage ... Jesse Traven (as Jeffrey Osterhage)
Gene Evans ... Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
Katharine Ross ... Kate Connery / Sister Katherine
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Miles Gillette
Marshall R. Teague ... Lieutenant Butler (as Marshall Teague)
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Devol
Jane Greer ... Ma Traven
Harry Carey Jr. ... Pa Traven
Natalie May Natalie May ... Heather Traven
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Storyline

Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiancée, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the family.

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Taglines:

They rode against rebels and gunrunners, renegades and thieves! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shadow Riders See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, the descriptions for Mac and Dal are flip-flopped. See more »

Goofs

The Sheriff says he was in Converse when the girls were kidnapped. The first homestead in Converse, named after the homesteader, didn't exist until 1877, a full decade after the events of this film. However, since this movie was not based on fact, it doesn't matter. See more »

Quotes

Mac Traven: I don't know nothin' bout Mexico. Dal?
Dal Traven: Not much.
Mac Traven: Jesse?
Jesse Traven: [Jesse shakes his head]
Dal Traven: I know someone who does. Jack Traven.
Mac Traven: You are talkin' about Uncle Black Jack Traven?
Dal Traven: Yessir.
Mac Traven: Well, big brother, you know there are some people who call him scoundrel.
Dal Traven: [Dal Grins]
Mac Traven: Some might even call him an outlaw.
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Totally Entertaining
20 November 2007 | by jim_elkinsSee all my reviews

The cast of Ben Johnson, Sam Elliot, and Tom Selleck in a western is unbeatable.

Some have compared this movie to The Sacketts (same writer, same cast), and gave is something of a pan.

I found the story line in general, and a couple of the sub-plots, very very entertaining. I think you have to recognize that adultery has been around since the beginning of time. The treatment of of Uncle Jack (Ben Johnson) reminded me a lot of one of my uncles, and the dialog just sounded right.

While the scenery may have looked a little California, the place settings in Texas were genuine - Big Springs and Baffin Bay are real places. Baffin Bay is at the south end of Padre Island off Laguna Madre - home of the best bay fishing in Texas.


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