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The Long Riders

Walter Hill's first outright failure, this revisionist western (1980) draws on the major themes of his work—the relationship of pursuer and pursued; the beauty of clean, planned action; the attraction to violence and resultant moral revulsion—but none of them ignites. Characterization has never been Hill's strong point; his earlier films either ignored it (The Warriors) or denied it (The Driver). Here, he has seven main characters to keep in focus (the brothers Carradine, Keach, and Quaid), and the strain shows—a few broad strokes for each are all he can manage (although David Carradine's Cole Younger emerges with independent clarity). A clearly derivative tone—booming close-ups from Sam Fuller, slow motion from Sam Peckinpah—doesn't help.



  • Walter Hill


  • David Carradine
  • Keith Carradine
  • Robert Carradine
  • James Keach
  • Stacy Keach
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Randy Quaid
  • Kevin Brophy
  • Harry Carey Jr.
  • Christopher Guest
  • Nicholas Guest
  • Shelby Leverington
  • Felice Orlandi
  • Pamela Reed
  • James Remar
  • Fran Ryan
  • Savannah Smith Boucher
  • Amy Stryker
  • James Whitmore Jr.
  • John Bottoms
  • West Buchanan
  • Edward Bunker
  • Martina Deignan
  • Allan Graf
  • Chris Mulkey
  • Thomas R. Myers
  • Marlise Pierrat
  • Glenn Robards
  • Tim Rossovich
  • Lin Shaye


  • Bill Bryden
  • Steven Smith
  • James Keach
  • Stacy Keach


  • Tim Zinneman
  • James Keach
  • Stacy Keach

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