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The Shadow Riders (1982)

Tom Selleck , Sam Elliott , Andrew V. McLaglen  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, Ben Johnson, Scanlon Gail
  • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Writers: Jim Byrnes, Louis L'Amour, Verne Nobles
  • Producers: Dennis Durney, Hugh Benson, Jim Byrnes, Jon C. Andersen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shadow Riders" on IMDb

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The Civil War is over and the Traven brothers are going home. But what Mac (Tom Selleck, Quigley Down Under) and Dal (Sam Elliott, Tombstone) find upon their arrival is a town ravaged by Confederate rebels who've refused to surrender. Swearing to fight the Yankees to the bitter end, the guerillas have kidnapped the Travens' younger sisters - as well as Dal's sweetheart, Kate (Katharine Ross, Shenandoah) - and plan to sell them to a brothel in Mexico to raise money for guns and bullets. Determined to rescue their loved ones, Mac and Dal bust their Uncle Black Jack (Oscar(r) winner Ben Johnson, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Last Picture Show, 1971) out of prison and head south of the border, where they aim to finish a war they thought had already ended.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Louis L'Amour film adaptation October 11, 2003
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"The Shadow Riders" has all the grit, matter-of-fact speech, incredible landscapes and action of a great Louis L'Amour book. Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot and Jeff Osterhage also starred in "The Sacketts" in 1979, and do just as fine a job in this movie as that one.
The part that will surprise you is how strong the female lead role is. Katharine Ross does an excellent job as the fiesty Kate Connery, the love interest of Dal Travern (Sam Elliot). She had as good a character and as much screen time as many of today's heriones -- a highly unusual circumstance in the early 80s and certainly unusual for the genre.
"The Shadow Riders" has a great mix of romance, action, humor and good old fashioned Western elements. This mix makes the film appealing to a much wider audience than just Western fans or Louis L'Amour fans -- although they will come away thrilled.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's worth it for Tom Selleck alone! July 29, 2003
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This movie is based on the book by Louis L'Amour by the same name. It doesn't follow the book too closely (which usually bothers me, but they did this very well) but still came up with a very entertaining movie that hangs well together. The story is about 3 brothers and two sisters. Two of the brothers fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, but meet up just as the war has ended when renegades are about to hang one of them. They go home to discover that more renegades have stolen the third brother and both little sisters. This movie has some great actors in it and it's just a good all-around entertainment movie.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware November 4, 2007
This review is not regarding the actual film itself, but rather the poor quality of this DVD release.

The transfer used on this "25th Anniversary Edition" DVD is of VHS quality. The colors are extremely dull and washed out, and it's clear that the print did not come from a film source.

This is quite surprising considering the transfer used on the Trimark DVD released way back in 1998 did come from a good looking film print! That is still the version to get if you're seeking the best looking transfer available on DVD.

The 5.1 audio mix used is also quite generic. It has no extra depth over the original 2.0 mix, and even sounds "tinny" in a fake sort of way.

They've also shoved all of the bonus material onto a single-layer disc, and thus compression artifacts are often very noticeable.

The bonus features on the disc are interesting, but nothing to scream home about. And you can find all of these features on the previous "Collector's Edition" that this same DVD studio released in 2005.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Westerns May 22, 2006
The day of John Wayne, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, and the rest is gone. They made Westerns when there were still people alive who knew what the old west was really like and gave them pointers. When Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot made a few Westerns several years ago, they may not be quite up to the standards of classics like the "Magnificent Seven", "High Noon", and "Hondo" but I personally think they are excellent and a far cry better than any other Westerns made in the last 20 years. The cast even includes a few old timers from the classic Westerns like Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr. which is a real treat since they have still got what it takes to create a great character. With the upcoming release of "The Sacketts" you have all the more reason to view it and this as they go together like a set. I recommend purchasing them both and "The Last Stand at Saber River", "Crossfire Trail", and "Conagher". All excellent modern Westerns with Tom Selleck and/or Sam Elliot.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Action and Humor February 14, 1999
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Even though this movie was made in 1982, I just saw it for the first time. The people involved gave good performances. A good story line went along with good action and humorous scenes. A good movie for fans of Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Advisary brings brothers together. July 3, 1999
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Two brothers, split by the Civil War (Northern War of Aggression)come together. Selleck and Elliot are a good pair playing equal roles without apparent competition. Subtle humor carries the plot as well. A movie for brothers to watch together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie August 31, 2006
This is an excellent western film. You should consider watching it for Ben Johnson's role, alone. Mr. Johnson is a great western film actor, and his role as "Uncle Jack" is superb. If you enjoy western genre, I suggest you consider adding this film to your collection. The team of Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, and Jeff Osterhage is an excellent mix. I hope Hollywood will take advantage of this talented team and put these guys together again soon. Buy the DVD; you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the shadow riders August 26, 2005
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Having both read the book and seen the movie I would say that this is one of the best western books I have ever read. The movie was also very good but lacked some of the information that the novel had. I would say that if you like the movie then you would almost certainly love the book.
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