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Posse (Paramount 1975, Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern)

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Kirk Douglas directs and portrays a U.S. Marshal with political ambitions. But when he vows to put a bandit behind bars, the electorate takes the side of the outlaw. An interesting study of outright lawlessness and hidden corruption. Beautifully photographed by Koenekamp.

Posse was released shortly after the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s resignation, and was widely seen as a direct commentary on those events. The film opens with a title card reading, ‘To the polls ye sons of freedom.

production details
USA | Paramount | 92 minutes | 1975

Producer and Director: Kirk Douglas
Director of Photography: Fred J. Koenekamp
Editing: John W. Wheeler
Music: Maurice Jarre
Script: William Roberts
Production Design: Lyle Wheeler

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Louie Elias as Rains
Bo Hopkins as Wesley
Bruce Dern as Jack Strawhorn
Kirk Douglas as Howard Nightingale
James Stacy as Harold Hellman
Luke Askew as Krag
David Canary as Pensteman
Alfonso Aráu as Pepe
Katherine Woodville as Mrs. Cooper
Mark Roberts as Mr. Cooper
Beth Brickell as Carla Ross
Dick O’Neill as Wiley
William H. Burton Jr. as McCanless
Gus Greymountain as Reyno
Roger Behrstock as Buwalda
Jess Riggle as Hunsinger
Stephanie Steele as Amy
Melody Thomas Scott as Laurie

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