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When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979)

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.

Director:

Milton Katselas

Writers:

Mark Medoff (screenplay), Mark Medoff (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Clark ... Cheryl
Marjoe Gortner ... Teddy
Stephanie Faracy ... Angel Childress
Dixie Harris Dixie Harris ... Grandma Childress
Anne Ramsey ... Rhea Childress
Lee Grant ... Clarisse Ethridge
Hal Linden ... Richard Ethridge
Peter Firth ... Stephen Ryder
Pat Hingle ... Lyle Striker
Bill McKinney ... Tommy Clark
Alex Colon ... Younger Mexican Man
Joe Hernandez Joe Hernandez ... Older Mexican Man
Leon Russell ... Radio Preacher
Audra Lindley ... Ceil Ryder
Sherry Unger Sherry Unger ... Bar Floozy
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Storyline

Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town's people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture. Written by Michael A Kortt <mkortt@une.edu.au>

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As savage as "MIDNIGHT EXPRESS" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

I epistrofi tou Red Ryder See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Medoff: The film's screenwriter and source playwright as a Faith Healer. See more »

Quotes

Lyle Striker: Service is the name of the game.
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Connections

References The Gunfighter (1950) See more »

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Hugo Montenegro
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Discomforting profile of a human wrecking ball.
2 February 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A greasy diner at the apex of a one-horse New Mexico town is the primary setting for one of the most unfairly critically savaged movies of the 1970s. Within this diner, a dangerously impetuous drifter reeling with post-'Nam hostilities(Marjoe Gortner)and his acquiescent, unassuming girlfriend(Candy Clark)subdue a number of people at gunpoint, and proceed to emotionally and physically terrorize them.

A raw and disconcerting rural American nightmare, RED RYDER was a target for much critical assault upon its initial theatrical release. While its certainly not without its peccadilloes(the supine staginess of its exposition, for instance), it does impart potent moments of nerve-rattling discomposure, and puts forth some penetrating and incisive character studies which are dramatically vitalized by an able cast.

All things considered, this is a blemished film worthy of reinvestigation which deserves some long-withheld acknowledgments.

6/10


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