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Desperado (1987)

PG-13 | | Western | TV Movie 27 April 1987
Cowboy Duell McCall wants to quickly deliver a herd of cattle to town, get paid and move on but romance with local girl Nora gets him involved in a feud between the town boss and Nora's dad.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writer:

Elmore Leonard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex McArthur ... Duell McCall
David Warner ... Ballard, Company Police Chief
Yaphet Kotto ... Bede
Donald Moffat ... Malloy, Nora's Dad
Stephen Davies ... Calvin, Ballard's Henchman
Lise Cutter Lise Cutter ... Nora Malloy
Sydney Walsh ... Sally a Hooker
Robert Vaughn ... Sheriff John Whaley
Gladys Knight ... Mona Lisa
Pernell Roberts ... Marshal Dancey
Richard Marcus ... Emmett, Deputy / Jailer
Dirk Blocker ... Grady, Livery Stable
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Mercenary #5
Linda Almond Linda Almond ... Hooker
William Paul Brown William Paul Brown ... Mule Skinner #1 (as William P. Brown)
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Storyline

Duell McCall is a drifter turned cowboy. His latest job is delivering a herd of cattle to a Western town. Duell intends to get paid by the cattle company and move on. Once in town, Duell runs into an old friend, Sally, who works as a prostitute at Madam Mona Lisa's cat-house. He promises to see her after he gets paid. The cattle company and many other company-owned local businesses are policed by company man Ballard, right-hand man Bede and their gang of thugs. With the weak local sheriff, John Whaley, in company's pocket, the law in town is more or less enforced by company man Ballard. After he gets paid, Duell McCall has a first run-in with company man Bede, in the saloon, during a crooked card game. Town boss, Ballard, intervenes and offers Duell an enforcer job on his team but Duell refuses. Later-on, Duell meets local farmer Malloy and his pretty daughter Nora. They are involved in a feud with the company, because they refuse to sell their land to the company. Duell and Nora fall... Written by nufs68

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Saga de um Fugitivo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Warner was a late replacement for Nicol Williamson. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Dancey: Oh, those posters on Duell McCall - they're not legal. That's bounty hunting.
Ballard, Company Police Chief: He's an enemy of the Company.
Marshal Dancey: The Company is not the law.
Ballard, Company Police Chief: The Company pays more than the law. How much does the law pay you, Marshal?
Marshal Dancey: Are you trying to bribe me, Mr. Ballard?
Ballard, Company Police Chief: If I have to try to bribe a man, Marshal, he's probably unbribable.
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) See more »

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Desperado
by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
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More a Thank You to Wizard-8
2 April 2005 | by donzillaSee all my reviews

I thought I saw some character development that resembled Valdez Is Coming, but didn't know why. Thanks to Wizard-8, I now realize that the same pen couldn't help but leave a few crow's feet in the characters. The youth in this one, and the fact that it was created by a director 30 years after the 1950s filmmakers, helps me to visualize the direction Westerns are taking nowadays. Thanx again, Wizard-8. I saw the story on the Encore Westerns Channel late on the Saturday of daylight savings, and got a kick out of the simplicity in which the 19th-Century protagonists lived. Directors now seem to play more with the personal side of each character, discarding the age-old idea that action and reaction are the main drives of an entertained audience. But... I guess the future is going to be even more loaded with feelings than with feelingless action. Hallmark Channel has a lot of these stories, and is happy to banner them for today's viewers. Oh, HBO's Deadwood has dealt another personal-side blow, too.


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