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Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
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Reportedly, Director John G. Avildsen distanced himself from this movie after it was completed. Apparently, Avildsen wanted to have his name removed from the credits as Editor and Director. This request was unsuccessful, and Avildsen's credits remained. Avildsen complained that after his final edit, Writer and Producer Steve Shagan re-edited this movie differently than Avildsen's final cut. See more »
When Barney and Lisa travel by train through Switzerland, the train, as seen from the outside, changes between shots. See more »
I give this a high rating simply because of George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, who rise above muddled material and breathe life into an otherwise clunky TV movie. The plot is basically oil/greed ripping off the nation, and if I didn't know better I'd say Brando was channelling Dick Cheney, but the music and the script and the camera work (zooms, anyone?) are so cheesy that it's hard to stay with this movie.
However. The performances are fresh and fun and strangely lively, all the actors are magnificent, and true or not- it's a nice little commentary on modern greed in America (and the world).
A fun watch if you've nothing better to do than watch great actors go head to head.
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