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Posse
     

Posse

Director: Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins, James Stacy

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins, James Stacy

 

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Kirk Douglas produced, directed, and starred in this cynical western concerning Howard Nightingale (Kirk Douglas) a United States marshal who uses the pursuit of an outlaw to further his political career. Nightingale organizes a posse to track down Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern), a notorious bank robber. But Strawhorn turns the tables on Nightingale, kidnapping him and

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Kirk Douglas produced, directed, and starred in this cynical western concerning Howard Nightingale (Kirk Douglas) a United States marshal who uses the pursuit of an outlaw to further his political career. Nightingale organizes a posse to track down Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern), a notorious bank robber. But Strawhorn turns the tables on Nightingale, kidnapping him and holding him hostage. He then demands that the posse pay $40,000 for Nightingale's safe return. In order to raise the money to free Nightingale, the posse must become bank robbers themselves. Meanwhile, Nightingale tries to insinuate himself with Strawhorn and cut a deal for his freedom.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Released a year after the Watergate scandal forced President Nixon to resign, this Wild West adventure was a thinly veiled message movie as concerned with commenting on this tumultuous political situation as with depicting traditional Western gunplay. In his second outing behind the camera after Scalawag (1973), director/star Kirk Douglas did not work too hard to bury the film's liberal sentiments: Posse opened and closed with a title card featuring an image of an eagle and the legend, "To the polls, ye sons of freedom." Douglas' villain, Sheriff Nightingale, is a corporate sell-out, doing the bidding of a railroad against the interests of the citizens who elected him. In zealously seeking a deranged bandit (well played by Bruce Dern, already becoming typecast in this kind of role), Nightingale seems to be seeking traditional frontier justice, but in fact he abandons his principles for federal office. The film's obvious message was a warning to the American populace to beware politicians who would bow to the military-industrial complex and seek power for its own sake. Douglas cast James Stacy as a crippled and cynical Civil War veteran, an obvious reference to returning Vietnam vets who protested the war; Stacy had been an up-and-coming star who lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident. Most people thought his career was over, but Posse gave him a well-received comeback. To the film's benefit, Douglas eschewed the staginess of the maligned Scalawag and kept the action buzzing along briskly. On its surface, Posse has a somewhat dated quality, due largely to such signatures of the era as over-exposures and freeze-frames. However, the fast pace, all-star cast, and surprisingly universal relevance of its political statement have given it a long shelf life as an effective Western.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
UPC:
0883316858059
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
14,652

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Marshal Howard Nightingale
Bruce Dern Jack Strawhorn
Bo Hopkins Wesley
James Stacy Hellman
Luke Askew Krag
David Canary Pensteman
Alfonso Arau Peppe
Katherine Woodville Mrs. Cooper
Mark Roberts Mr. Cooper
Dick O'Neill Wiley
Billy Burton McCanless
Gus Greymountain Reyno
Allan Warnick Telegrapher
Roger Behrstock Sheriff
Dick Armstrong Actor
Beth Brickell Mrs. Ross
Louie Elias Rains
Larry Finley Actor
Melody Thomas Laurie

Technical Credits
Kirk Douglas Director,Producer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Phil Feldman Producer
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Catherine Hardwicke Production Designer
Clair Huffaker Screenwriter
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Gordon Kay Producer
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Fred R. Price Set Decoration/Design
William Roberts Screenwriter
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Alfred Sweeney Art Director
Bud Westmore Makeup
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
John W. Wheeler Editor
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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