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  • Actors: Telly Savalas, George Maharis, Arlene Dahl, Janet Landgard, Guy Rolfe
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: Jesse Lasky Jr., Ken Pettus, Pat Silver
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Roy Rowland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Land Raiders" on IMDb

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A ruthless Arizona rancher, Vince Cardenas (Telly Savalas, TV’s “Kojak”), believes in only two things: land and power. So when the US government announces its plan to give Forge River Valley to the Indians, Vince kills Washington’s envoy and frames the Apache for his murder. Inciting the townspeople to attack and wipe out the tribe, Vince plans to claim the two million acres for himself. And all that stands in his way is Paul (George Maharis, Route 66), his vengeance-obsessed brother, who's just learned Vince was his fiancée’s secret lover, and may be the man responsible for her drowning all those years ago.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Van T. Roberts on March 17, 2010
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Although Austrian-born director Nathan Juran made a name for himself with his science fiction themed films, such as "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "The Deadly Mantis" and "First Men in the Moon," he was no stranger to westerns. He helmed two Audie Murphy oaters, "Drums Across the River," "Gunsmoke," and "Tumbleweeds" as well as the Fred MacMurray western "A Good Day for a Hanging." Nathan Juran's last western, the Columbia Pictures' release "Land Raiders" is an average horse opera about a greedy, amoral Arizona rancher who will do whatever it takes to steal land so he can build himself an empire. "Land Raiders" is a 1950s style western with 1960s sensibilities. Lensed on location in Spain and Hungary, graced with an exceptional score by Ennio Morricone's orchestrator Bruno Nicolai, this sagebrusher deals with deceit and racism on a widespread basis.

Ultimately, Telly Savalas plays the villainous brother and Maharis is cast as the heroic sibling. A major criticism of this western is the suspension of disbelief required to accept these two actors as kind. Although the story is pretty formulaic, "Land Raiders" contains many examples of great editing, especially the shifts from one story to an entirely different one. This outdoor adventure has no shortage of action with rampaging Apaches on the warpath and whites who are willing to kill them to collect the bounty on their scalps. The major problem with "Land Raiders" is the Ken Pettus screenplay that focuses on the sibling rivalry between the Mexican brothers Vincent Carden (Telly Savalas of "Kelly's Heroes") and Paul Cardenas (George Maharis of "The Satan Bug") who hate each other's guts with a passion. The ugly secret that has made them sworn enemies looks like something out of a 1950s movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2009
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LAND RAIDERS is a American-made western filmed in Budapest, Hungary and Spain, but set in the town of Red Forge, AZ. In this story, one atrocity leads to the next bloody reprisal in an upward spiral of insane violence.

A long-standing quarrel with brother Vince (Savalas) and the mysterious death of a former girlfriend cause Paul Cardenas (Maharis) to leave the family ranch. On his return some time later, Paul finds Vince trying to instigate a war with the Apaches to make property values drop so he can buy land cheaply. When the local sheriff names the person responsible for the death of Paul's girlfriend, a deadly confrontation is the result.

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Following this movie and after a small role in the 007 flick ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969), Telly Savalas co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the WWII action/comedy, KELLY'S HEROES (1970).

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(5.0) Land Raiders (1969) - Telly Savalas/George Maharis/Arlene Dahl/Janet Landgard/Guy Rolfe/Paul Picerni/Phil Brown/George Coulouris/Jocelyn Lane/Fernando Rey/Robert Carricart/John Clark/Charles Stalmaker
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on May 11, 2011
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"Land Raiders" (1969) is a film full of icons that I feel are worthwhile. This 1969 Charles H. Schneer production (the man responsible for "Mysterious Island," "Jason and the Argonauts" and a number of "Sinbad" entries and even "Half a Sixpence") was a late direction of Nathan H. Juran, the pro responsible for "The Deadly Mantis," "Jack the Giant Killer" and some "Sinbad" movies among many others. This western that stars TV icon, Telly Savalas but let's not forget he shares top billing IN the movie with George Maharis. In fact, they play brothers, and I am embarrassed to admit, I bought "Land Raiders" thinking George Maharis was pictured on the cover art, but when the DVD arrived, I was dismayed to see the image was actually Telly's, so it seems like less of a stretch that they could play brothers convincingly. Also in the cast is Arlene Dahl (Carla in "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959)) and she even bares her ample breast shockingly in a scene opposite George Maharis as her brother-in-law showing her what "he does wid 'whores.'" (This was filmed in Europe). The love of his life is played by another icon, Jocelyn Lane, who to many bring audiences on the strength of her in the cast. She starred opposite Elvis in "Tickle Me" and stole the picture from him, but here she is wasted with a perhaps too thick Mexican accent and a too small part. George's Mexican accent suits him. His action scenes are realistic and he is interesting when he lets go with his anger. He shows sensitivity. The music by Bruno Nicolai seems to be an Ennio Morricone "wannabe." I will say that Telly should have been kinder to George as George makes the movie Telly is now given top billing. Today that won't happen often. I've watched it several times already.
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Of all the Westerns I have seen, this production (filmed in Spain and Yugoslavia) probably bears the least resemblance to actual Western history. As one example, the heroine spends six months traveling across the country by wagon train during the 1870's, when the trans-continental railroad has been in existence for years. Indians who are supposed to be Apaches dress like Sioux or Cheyenne. There is plenty of violence, and even a couple of brief glances at topless females. If that sort of thing is what you like in a Western, you could do worse.
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