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Story

After the late-career high of True Grit, only The Cowboys and The Shootist escaped the curse of half-baked scripts, recycled material, and lackadaisical filmmaking that characterized John Wayne's last half-dozen years in movies. Cahill is no exception, but it's more energetic than The Undefeated and Chisum (likewise nominally directed by Andrew V. McLaglen), with a certain Gothic tinge. Also, the theme of a dedicated professional who lets his job keep him from being part of his children's lives appears to have had some relevance for the producer-star. Marshal Cahill's two sons (Summer of '42's Gary Grimes and the preteen Clay O'Brien) are so unhinged by paternal "negligence" that they get caught up in a twisted bank-robbery scheme with a very bad guy, a veritable bogeyman (George Kennedy). Cahill has to sort his familial crisis and several outlaw crews, with the assistance of a sardonic half-breed scout (Neville Brand) who teases him mightily. --Richard T. Jameson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

John WayneJ.D. Cahill
George KennedyFraser
Gary GrimesDanny
Neville BrandLightfoot
Clay O'BrienBilly Joe
Marie WindsorMrs. Green
Morgan PaullStruther
Dan VadisBrownie
Royal DanoMacDonald
Scott WalkerBen Tildy
Denver PyleDenver
Jackie CooganCharlie
Rayford BarnesPee Wee Simser
Dan KempJoe Meehan
Harry Carey Jr.Hank

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 103 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 1973
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 18, 2004
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