Classic Movie Review- The Shadow Riders


A classic film that premiered on the small screen via television instead of the silver screen, The Shadows Riders is a Western that is unforgettable. It is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and stars Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, Katharine Ross, Ben Johnson, Jeff Osterhage, Marshall Teague, Jane Greer, and many character actors.

Mac and Dal Tavern are brothers who fought in the Civil War, on opposite sides. After running into each other on the way home, they return to their ranch where their parents welcome them home. However, their parents explain that a group of Rebels have kidnapped their younger brother Jesse and sisters Heather and Sissy and Dal’s longtime girlfriend Kate.

The two brothers b first rescue Jesse, who evades the captors and then Kate. However, their sisters are taken to Mexico where they are to be sold into captivity. The brothers break their Uncle Jack out of jail and head down where the villainous Holiday Hammond is waiting for buyers.

Based on the novel by Louis L’Amour of the same name, The Shadow Riders is one of the best TV movies I have ever seen. I have not read the book, so I do not know how to compare it.

All I can say is, the dialogue between Elliott and Selleck is perfection. They have great on screen personalities and though they are playing characters they have played before, they movie makes it fun.

FAVORITE QUOTE:  Blue, grey, it doesn’t matter, a man fights for what he believes in.

PARENTAL CONCERN: Violence and Minor Language

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