Posse (1975)

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    • Posse (1975)




      Plot Summary
      A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him.
      Written by frankfob2

      Kirk Douglas ... Howard Nightingale
      Bruce Dern ... Jack Strawhorn
      Bo Hopkins ... Wesley
      James Stacy ... Harold Hellman
      Luke Askew ... Krag
      David Canary ... Pensteman
      Alfonso Arau ... Pepe
      Katherine Woodville ... Mrs. Cooper
      Mark Roberts ... Mr. Cooper
      Beth Brickell ... Carla Ross
      Dick O'Neill ... Wiley
      William H. Burton Jr. ... McCanless (as William H. Burton)
      Louie Elias ... Rains
      Gus Greymountain ... Reyno
      Allan Warnick ... Telegrapher
      Roger Behrstock ... Buwalda
      Jess Riggle ... Hunsinger
      Stephanie Steele ... Amy
      Melody Thomas Scott ... Laurie (as Melody Thomas)
      Dick Armstrong ... Shanty Principal
      Larry Finley ... Shanty Principal
      Pat Tobin ... Shanty Principal
      and many more...

      Kirk Douglas

      Writing Credits
      Larry Cohen ... (treatment) (uncredited)
      Christopher Knopf ... (screenplay)
      Christopher Knopf ... (story)
      William Roberts ... (screenplay)

      Kirk Douglas ... producer
      Phil Feldman ... executive producer
      Anne Douglas ... producer (uncredited)

      Maurice Jarre

      Fred J. Koenekamp

      This movie was the first role for James Stacy following his 1973 motorcycle accident in which he was hit by a drunk driver, resulting in the loss of his left arm and left leg. Kirk Douglas created the role especially for Stacy.

      Pepe says to Strawhorn "What'd you expect...Joaquin Murrieta?" This is a reference to Joaquin Carrillo Murrieta, an infamous bandit during the 1850s California Gold Rush.

      US Senators were not directly elected at the time of the film's setting. They were appointed by State Legislatures until the 17th Amendment in 1913.

      Howard Nightingale breaks his fall with hands that are supposedly cuffed behind his back.

      When Strawhorn plans his breakout on the train, he rigs a garrote from a piece of wire taken apart from a broom and lashes Wesley tightly by the neck to the bars of the cell. Later when Wesley answers Strawhorn's call to come to his room where Nightingale is kept hostage, there isn't even the slightest hint of redness or abrasion on his neck from the event.

      Errors in geography
      Supposedly set in Texas yet the train passes many saguaro cacti which do not grow in Texas.

      Revealing mistakes
      (at around 21 mins) When an outlaw is being "crushed" by a burning wall in the opening raid, he may clearly be seen going backwards and headfirst into a hidey hole screen left.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Florence, Arizona, USA
      Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona, USA
      Horsehead Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Posse is a 1975 American Western film, produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas.
      The screenplay was written by Christopher Knopf and William Roberts.

      The plot centers on a U.S. marshal with political ambitions leading an elite posse
      in pursuit of a notorious bank robber to further his political career.
      The film premiered in New York City on June 4, 1975, and in June the same year in Berlin
      at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival, where Douglas also was nominated for the Golden Bear.

      User Review

      Acceptable western, with some interesting moments
      21 September 1999 | by Wizard-8 (Victoria, BC)

      wiz wrote:

      Bet you didn't know that Kirk Douglas took the director's chair a couple of times, POSSE being one of them. If you like westerns, like me, you'll probably find this decent. The movie does suffer from the middle third of the movie, where the story pretty much grinds to a halt. Though this part wasn't really boring, it will probably make you wish they would get on with it. Also, the actions taken by certain characters near the end, though having some justification, didn't seem to have enough justification.

      On the positive side, POSSE is well shot, well acted, good production values, and an interesting ending. It's worth seeing.

      P.S. - Leonard Maltin's description of this movie isn't exactly how the movie plays.
      Best Wishes
      London- England