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Cahill: United States Marshal
Cahill United States Marshal
Actors: John Wayne, George Kennedy, Neville Brand, Gary Grimes, Walter Barnes
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres: Westerns
PG     2003     1hr 43min

Lawman J.D. Cahill can stand alone against a bad-guy army. But as a widower father, he's on insecure footing raising two sons. Particularly when he suspects his boys are involved in a bank robbery - and two killings. Filme...  more »


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Actors: John Wayne, George Kennedy, Neville Brand, Gary Grimes, Walter Barnes
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Creators: Joseph F. Biroc, Robert L. Simpson, Michael Wayne, Barney Slater, Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 07/11/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 07/11/1973
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
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Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 8/19/2010...
Another 'Duke' classic.

Movie Reviews

A pretty darn good late John Wayne film
Craig Matteson | Ann Arbor, MI | 02/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is a group of people who love to feel superior by disdaining things that everyday people enjoy. One of those things is a John Wayne movie. I am one who really enjoys John Wayne movies. He had a great screen presence, even when he was older, as he was here, in the Rooster Cogburn movies, and especially in the great movie "The Shootist".

This movie is really about fathers and sons, and particularly absent fathers and sons who find the wrong path and try to get back to the right way. Wayne plays the title character, J. D. Cahill. The opening scene is him on the road taking on a band of five bad guys in a shootout that ends the way you would expect the hero to play in a John Wayne film.

Cahill is an older man and we learn that he has young sons, one, Danny, a young teen and the other, Budger, a young boy. Their mother died. In a touching conversation with Danny, regretting his not being around for them, he acknowledges that he has focused too much on his job. He does note that when Danny's mother (Cahill's dear wife) was dying her last words to Cahill were, "Go Get `Em!". And so, he has been ever since.

George Kennedy plays one of his best and menacing bad guys, Abe Fraser. I don't want to get into the plot, but he does suck Danny and Budger into his plans. And it is the boys trying to extricate themselves without letting their father in on their problems that ends up causing most of the problems. The crisis comes when some innocent men are facing death for the crimes the boys know they and Abe's gang committed and they have to get things right in time.

You expect things to turn out a certain way in a film like this. There aren't any big surprises, but there are some funny and some touching moments along the way. And Wayne is still quite good as he holds the screen with his unique presence. And Neville Brand as Lightfoot provides some very fine moments in the film.

I don't think it is one of the best things Wayne did, but it is still better then most films and suitable for families. It can provide some good discussion with your kids, as well.

And it is a John Wayne film."
Results of Dad not being home, neglect of family life...
Blue Jay | Chiba, Japan | 08/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I liked this story, and the way that it was acted out by John Wayne. A "Duke Turkey" it isn't, as it shows the all-too-familiar results of what happens when Dad isn't around to take care of the children - a sad case of fatherhood today. John Wayne Plays a U.S. Marshall who's out after the bad guys...but ends up with a surprise when his two sons turn out to have helped out in a murder/robbery. Somehow (we aren't told how), Cahill knows his young sons are in cahoots with George Kennedy's bad guys, and they end up l;eading him right to the criminals and culprits, which ends in a wild shoot-out. It also shows that a father's teachings, despite his absence, can be the deciding factor in children's lives, as Cahill's two sons actually do the right thing in the end. Good Drama! Excellent storyline, though rather dark, and does have violence, but an all-around GOOD John Wayne movie!"
Well-acted, slightly turgid; OK, but nothing too innovative.
Doghouse King | Omaha, NE United States | 08/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Competently made but totally unremarkable, this movie is a pretty fair Western, structurally similar to nearly every other in the last ten years of the Duke's career.Like some of those others, this one is accused of being preachy. I might dispute that. Subtle it ain't, but really it just has a strong point of view with little room for gray. Besides, are *you* gonna disagree with the Duke?Duke plays a (surprise) Marshall who learns his kids are falling in with some bad men. Lots of familiar faces are seen as Duke rides to stop the gang and redeem his young'ns. Shots ring out. The End.The Duke's staunchest fans will of course eat it up. Due to its routine nature I would recommend to most others that they watch it when they haven't seen a Western in a while. Enjoyable enough in a lazy way.P.S. I realize this next statement will not exactly be a news flash, but nobody has ever been better at sounding tough than the Duke. When his dialogue includes a couple of creative threats, like it does in this film, it's worth seeing at least once for those alone."