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Armed with a wry sense of humor and a straight-shooting sidearm, James Garner (Maverick, My Fellow Americans) fights for peace, justice and fun in this outrageous, irreverent and "very funny" (Los Angeles Times) farce co-starring Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan and Jack Elam. Support Your Local Sheriff is "sheer entertainment from start to finish" (Boxoffice)! On his way to Australia, frontier opportunist Jason McCullough (Garner) stumbles into a small gold-rush town and decides to earn a little extra pocket money by accepting a temporary assignment as its sheriff. Happily applying himself to his new position, McCullough manages to turn the town derelict (Elam) into his deputy, outsmart the dreaded Danby clan (led by Brennan in a hilarious comic performance), and fend off the lusty advances of the mayor's daughter (Hackett) all without breaking a sweat or dirtying his shiny black boots!

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While hardly the first Western spoof to ride out of Hollywood, Support Your Local Sheriff is easily one of the best. James Garner plays the confident, cool-headed cowboy who strolls into a wild gold rush town on the way to Australia and takes the job as sheriff. Like a parody of My Darling Clementine by way of Rio Bravo, he arrests the hotheaded but hopelessly confused son (Bruce Dern) of a ruthless ranching magnate (Walter Brennan). Stuck with a half-built jail (where he keeps his prisoner penned up with pure psychology and a few spatters of red paint), a rummy sidekick (google-eyed Jack Elam in one of his first comic turns), and a disaster-prone tomboy (Joan Hackett), he takes on a succession of gunfighters with increasing exasperation. "Sure is a childish way for a grown man to make a living," he laments before chasing one gunman out of Dodge by pelting him with rocks. Directed with laconic ease by veteran Western director Burt Kennedy, it's a clever spoof of familiar conventions in a lighthearted vein, more understated and affectionate than Mel Brooks's outrageous farce Blazing Saddles. It inspired a slew of imitators, including a decade of silly Disney Westerns that sank the genre in slapstick shenanigans, and was followed in 1971 by Kennedy's pseudosequel Support Your Local Gunfighter, which reteamed Garner and Elam in a more mercenary story of con artists and gunslingers. --Sean Axmaker


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  • Actors: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam
  • Directors: Burt Kennedy
  • Writers: William Bowers
  • Producers: James Garner, Bill Finnegan, William Bowers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: United Artists
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056H2F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Support Your Local Sheriff" on IMDb

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By bixodoido on September 29, 2003
Format: DVD
James Garner stars as Jason McCullough in this hilarious Western spoof. This was the era of John Wayne westerns, and this movie came about at just about the right time to make fun of the western and what it had become, often scarcely more than a cookie-cutter production with a predictable plot, scowling gunfighters, and the same basic storyline. McCullough is a wandering frontiersman on his way to Australia, and happens upon a small mining town which has sprung up overnight and become too big for its laws. He decides to earn a little extra money before moving on, and takes a job as the sheriff of the town. Consequently he's forced to deal with the Danby bunch, a rancher family who's swindling and intimidating the mine owners. Between dealing with the Danbys (headed by the very funny Walter Brennan), trying to keep his prisoners in a jail with no bars, and fighting off the advances of the hapless mayor's daughter, McCullough has his hands full.

Garner is great in his role as the opportunistic, but effective, sheriff. Jack Elam co-stars as his deputy, and the antics of this pair are enough to keep anyone entertained throughout the movie. Anyone familiar with Westerns from this era will appreciate the humor of this parody on Hollywood's Wild West.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2001
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This is one of those old comedies that you can watch over and over again. My family has worn out a VHS copy, so I'm happy that a DVD release is coming up. This movie not only stars James Garner, but several other popular actors from the 60's & 70's. Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, and Jack Elam to name a few. When Jason McColough, played by Garner, rides into town, he finds it right smack in the middle of a gold rush- and right smack in the middle of the problems that too much too soon can bring. There is fighting in the streets, gunmen shooting up the town, not to mention the revelry going on at Madam Orr's place. Needing work to finiance his gold prospecting Garner accepts the job of sherrif. The Mayor (Morgan) happens to have a pretty but accident prone daughter. Her misadventures while trying to attract the new sherrif's attention add great comedy to the plot. The sherrif's work is cut out for him when the Danby's led by pa Danby (Brennan) try to spring the youngest Danby from jail. He makes the town drunk (Played by Elam) his deputy and from there things just get funnier. When the dust settles everyone is alive and happy. Not the most complicated plot ever written, but light comedy is not supposed to be. Easy and fun to watch.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on April 9, 2003
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Still boyish at 41, Garner here brings a variation of his Bret Maverick character (then almost a decade in rerun-land) to the big screen and in the process spoofs almost every convention of the serious Western. As the unassuming, pragmatic, and mildly larcenous Jason McCullough, who's "basically...on my way to Australia" when he decides to pick up a little travelling money by taking on the job of taming the mining town of Calender, he proves to be rather more than he seems--and, in the process, shows once again why he was cast in so many comedies during his long career. Playing his part almost dead straight and supported by an excellent cast, he makes Jason seem like a hero even though that's the last thing Jason wants to be. In the process everyone sends up everything from High Noon (Collector's Edition) to Rio Bravo and makes it all seem effortless and plausible. A movie that defines "comedy-Western" and one all audiences should enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael K Harrison on October 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a true comedy.It is clean, hilarious and a great show for your children. The whole family can enjoy it together. We have watched this movie so many times and we still laugh everytime we watch it. It is our family favorite.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Epistem Quest on October 29, 2012
Format: DVD
There is really very little that I can add to all of the accolades written about this very funny movie. I thought I would take a different course and praise William Bowers, the man who wrote and produced this movie. I am always mindful when I enjoy a movie, TV show, or play, that someone wrote the words that I find enjoyable. There are so many funny lines and funny situations throughout this wonderful film. I have not researched this individual. I don't know if he wrote any other movies. I do know that he wrote one of my favorite movies of all time. What a joy!

James Garner is excellent in this movie. His timing, expressions, and delivery of lines are as close to perfection as anything can be. All of the scenes with three-time Oscar winner Walter Brennan are a hoot. I particularly like the supporting cast. Many of the character actors that I grew up with are in this movie: Harry Morgan, Henry Jones, Jack Elam, among others. What a fine actor Bruce Dern is. Compare his portrayal as the lovable and stupid Joe Danby, with his portrayal of the crumb that shot the Duke in "The Cowboys."

This truly is one movie that tickles my funny bone. I laugh every time I watch it. I guess that is a good definition of classic humor. I prefer this send-up of the cowboy genre over Mel Brooks's more ribald send-up, "Blazing Saddles."
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kuczma on January 12, 2000
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It won't take very long to realize that Support Your Local Sheriff is little more than a feature length Maverick episode (unfortunately minus Jody Foster). Don't take that as a negative. This is a wonderfully entertaining romp through the silliest mining town you'll ever encounter.
James Garner is terrific as the lightning quick gunslinger with even quicker wits. The supporting cast includes Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern and Jack Elam. This may be Elam's finest performance ever.
There's plenty of action, plenty of laughter and a dollop of romance thrown in for good measure. Support Your Local Sheriff is great family entertainment; perfect for a rainy day, a lazy day, or just while you're passing through on your way to Australia.
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