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The Deadly Trackers (1973)

A Sheriff, who negotiates with bank robbers, ends up getting his family killed during their escape. The Sheriff chases the gang into Mexico on his own. While attempting to exact his vengeance, he is at odds with a Mexican lawman.

Directors:

Barry Shear, Samuel Fuller (uncredited)

Writers:

Samuel Fuller (story "Riata"), Lukas Heller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick
Rod Taylor ... Frank Brand
Al Lettieri ... Gutierrez, Mexican Policeman
Neville Brand ... Choo Choo
William Smith ... Schoolboy
Paul Benjamin ... Jacob
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Herrero
Isela Vega ... Maria
Kelly Jean Peters ... Katharine Kilpatrick
William Bryant ... Deputy Bill (as Bill Bryant)
Sean Marshall Sean Marshall ... Kevin Kilpatrick
Read Morgan ... Deputy Bob
Joan Swift Joan Swift ... Teacher
Ray Moyer Ray Moyer ... Priest
Armando Acosta Armando Acosta ... Mole
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Storyline

Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick believes guns result in gun solutions to problems. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of bank robbers who have no problem with killing anyone in their way. When their paths cross Kilpatrick's attempt to negotiate results in the death of his family during the escape. Kilpatrick goes against everything he has stood for when he crosses into Mexico to chase Brand and his gang. He demonstrates some violent tendencies towards the criminals and anyone else he comes across in his hunt to kill the gang. His behavior is not very heroic. He is challenged by a Mexican Sheriff interested only in carrying out the law - not vengeance. Written by jimthemoviefreak@gmail.com

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The sheriff fought for peace. Now he would kill for vengeance.

Genres:

Western | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con furia en la sangre See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cine Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller was replaced as director at an early stage. See more »

Goofs

As the outlaws are riding out of the town, right after they shoot the sheriff's wife and drop his son, the camera switches to a roof top shot. You can see the shadow of the camera on the ground, lower right of the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was heavily cut by the BBFC to edit blows and punches from fight scenes, closeups of bloodied faces and a gunshot to a man's groin. The 1988 Warner video release featured the same cut print. See more »

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A better than average Western
6 December 1998 | by Clarke-2See all my reviews

This is one of those films that lovers of the Western genre ought to rent on video. They will discover a treasure of the past that is well worth a watch. Like most Westerns, this film is set in the 1870s American southwest. The story of vengence is common in Western films, and this particular tale is extremely brutal. The post civil war Southwest was a violent place full of vigilantism and crime. Men of the West with morals and a sense of social responsibility always served as easy prey for bushwackers.

The Deadly Trackers is focused on two men who share an over-developed sense of justice. They are both sheriffs, and they both embraced the importance of the law. One of the sheriffs loses his family, however, and his ideals die with them. The best part of this film is the relationship that builds between the two sheriffs as they hunt a small band of bushwackers. Richard Harris's character is the embittered sheriff bent on vengence. His character sinks into being as cruel and violent as the men he hunts. The Mexican sheriff, who lacks personal loss, maintains an ideal sense of keeping law and order. In the end, Harris's character regains his values for upholding the law only to see justice slip out of his grasp. The Mexican sheriff remains constant in his efforts to enforce the law only to provide for a lack of justice. The result is a dark tale about the nature of mankind on the frontier.


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