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Travis McGee (1983)

Travis McGee is a world-weary private investigator trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sam Elliott ... Travis McGee
Gene Evans ... Meyer
Barry Corbin ... Sheriff Hack Ames
Richard Farnsworth ... Van Harder
Geoffrey Lewis ... John Tuckerman
Amy Madigan ... Billy Jean Bailey
Vera Miles ... Julie Lawless
Katharine Ross ... Gretel Howard
Marshall R. Teague ... Nicky Noyes
Maggie Wellman ... Mishy Burns
Walter Olkewicz ... Wright Fletcher
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock
Greta Blackburn
Owen Orr
Pilar Del Rey Pilar Del Rey
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Travis McGee is a world-weary private investigator trying to help boat skipper friend Van Harder salvage his reputation that sank when his boat ran aground, resulting in a death that might have been faked.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Travis McGee: The Empty Copper Sea See more »

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Hajeno Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Don Johnson wanted to make a Travis McGee-movie after leaving Miami Vice (1984), but it was turned down several times partly because of the failure of this project. See more »

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Spun-off from Darker Than Amber (1970) See more »

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Watch the movie and you will be hooked
25 January 2002 | by DewdroproseSee all my reviews

This is an adventure movie from the early 80's, not fabulous, but it stands on its own merits. Sam Elliott is believable, ruggedly handsome and sexy as the key player, and Katherine Ross looks the best I ever saw her ( that translates into beautiful for men, I think). The rest of the cast fades into the background against their beauty together. Add gorgeous scenery and a glorious sea and it is a delicious movie. Nothing too much of anything, just enough of it all to be enjoyable.

However, the real reason to watch "Travis McGee" as now showing on cable and satellite on the Mystery Channel is to discover...Travis McGee!! You see, Travis is much more than a movie character aptly and sexily played by Sam Elliottt. He is the protagonist of 21 wonderful books written by the late author, John D. McDonald. The book series started in the early 60's ( before most of us were even born) and ended only with the author's death in the late 80's. Each book stands on its own, just as this movie does, but as a collective work, the series is the story of OUR society in the US, as seen through the eyes of a playboy/hero.

Not only do we see Travis ( Sam Elliott) performing his magic with the ladies and his brilliant BS with the men, we get an idea of what it would be like to live in a simpler life, the life Travis chose on his boat. He was a rebel against credit cards, phone records, beaurocrats in general,and the despoiling of natural beauty along the coastline of Florida, specifically.

There actually is a slip at Bahia Mar, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, F-18, known to all Travis fans as HIS slip for the Busted Flush ( his beloved houseboat)... It sits empty in Ft. Lauderdale, a memorial to a man who touched so many lives, yet never was.If you are ever in the area, check it out. With the price of large boat slips in the area, it is a fit testimony to the power of the written words of John D. McDonald, and his ability to make you believe that Travis will come floating by with a sexy white gleaming smile in deepwater tan smile for us all.

Watch the movie for the enjoyment, then read the books for the JOY!


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