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The Over-The-Hill Gang

3.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

In this comedy western, a four old retired Texas Rangers (O'Brien, Brennan, Chill Wills, and Buchanan) help to clean up a small Nevada town run by crooked Mayor Nard Lundy (Andrews), drunken Judge Amos Polk (Devine), and trigger-happy Sheriff Clyde Barnes (Elam). The quartet realize they are too old to draw guns, but use their combined wits to outsmart the villains, helped by O'Briens daughter Hannah Rose (Harmon) and her newspaper editor husband Jeff Rose (Nelson). Gypsy Rose Lee makes her final screen appearance as Cassie, an old-time admirer of this particular group of Texas Rangers.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Pat O'Brien, Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Gypsy Rose Lee
  • Directors: Jean Yarborough
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Reel Enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PDZRXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nasty and corrupt Mayor Nard Lundy (Edward Andrews) is challenged by idealistic Jeff Rose (Ricky Nelson) in an upcoming election. Lundy has Sheriff Clyde Barnes (Jack Elam) rough the young upstart up some. Rose's visiting father-in-law, retired Texas Ranger Captain Oren Hayes (Pat O'Brien) sends an urgent telegraph to three of his former command (Walter Brennan, Chill Wills and Edgar Buchanan) to come to Boulder immediately and help him clean up the town.
THE OVER-THE-HILL GANG is a 1969 made-for-television movie that was popular enough at the time to lead to a sequel a year later. For old movie fans it's hard to beat the appeal of this veteran character actor laden movie. It's fun to see them play off each other and confront a situation that their advancing years have forced them to deal with more with guile than brute force. What's not so much fun is seeing them saddled with this tired, predictable plot.
Brennan and Buchanan shine brightest in this one; Brennan as the gun slinger who's lost a bit of speed on his quick draw and Buchanan as the scout who's eyesight has deteriorated to the point that he's drawing his guns on stuffed and mounted bears. With a better script, and a more delicate and penetrating examination of what it feels like to suddenly find yourself old and in the way, this one could have been a classic for the ages rather than an amusing piece of fluff.
The print transfer to dvd is so-so. Some of the night scenes are muddy and it's hard to make out what's happening. The dvd also comes with the Little Rascals' short "Hooky Spooky."
Fans of old movies should enjoy the veteran character actors in this, although they may agree that the folks in front of the camera in THE OVER-THE-HILL GANG deserved far better.
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By A Customer on February 24, 2003
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In this film a group of retired Texas Rangers(Walter Brennan,Edgar Buchanan,Pat O'Brien and Chill Wills)take on a corrupt small Nevada town relying on their brains not brawn.Also co-starring Ricky Nelson,Kris Nelson,Edward Andrews and Jack Elam.It's a great family western comedy!!
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The technical part of this review refers to the Brentwood Home Video or BCI Eclipse version.
From the Aaron Spelling stable of TV movies comes this tale with Ricky Nelson (and his wife Kris Nelson) as an idealistic couple. Ricky is running for Mayor of a small western town against Edward Andrews who plays a corrupt town boss. Jack Elam is his Sheriff and Andy Devine is his Judge, both firmly entrenched in his back pocket.
Pat O'Brien comes to town as Ricky Nelson's father-in-law, a retired Texas Ranger who rounds up his old partners (Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan and Chill Wills)!!! Throw in Gypsy Rose Lee as the owner of the local saloon and you got yourself a pretty good (for TV) rip-snorting western. You know how it's going to play out, but watching the all these stars in action makes up for a sub-par script.
Unfortunately the transfer is from a well-used print that looks like it was recorded in long play mode. At times, scenes taking place at night are almost unwatchable. But the chance to see these stars of westerns in their later years is a treat you should not miss if you're a fan of the western genre.
Brentwood/BCI put in their usual extras, six chapter stops, a DVD dictionary, trivia game and a short subject (Hal Roach's "Little Rascals"). This movie is also in a 10 pack of westerns at about triple the price for this one film from Brentwood Home Video called "The Wild West" and is available from Amazon.com.
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I bought this movie because I remembered how funny it was when it was shown many years ago. However, the copy I got was impossible to see because the scenes were very dark and unrecognizable. This product should never be retailed in this fashion...would have given it zero stars if it was optioned!
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I enjoyed this number. a good one for the kids and looking back
now its a good one for us older folks as well!! they sure do not make
them like this one anymore, its almost disney"esque".
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This dvd has been a long time coming. Our favorite actors in one movie.The wife and I loved the movie and the actors. Raymond and Michele Chico
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the appeal of this standard western is the actors. it was nice to see these old-timers at work.
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By DavJan on February 7, 2014
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It's like visiting with some old relatives you haven't seen in awhile. These guys were some of the greatest character actors of their day if not ever. Picture quality was poor compared to what we have come to expect with HD but good enough.
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