Posse (1975 film)

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This article is about 1975 western film. For other meanings, see Posse (disambiguation).
Posse
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Directed by Kirk Douglas
Produced by Kirk Douglas
Phil Feldman
Written by Christopher Knopf
William Roberts
Starring Kirk Douglas
Bruce Dern
Bo Hopkins
James Stacy
Luke Askew
David Canary
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by John W. Wheeler
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 1975 (1975)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Posse is a 1975 American Western film, produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas. The screenplay was written by Christopher Knopf and William Roberts. The plot centers on a U.S. marshal with political ambitions leading an elite posse in pursuit of a notorious bank robber to further his political career. The film premiered in New York City on June 4, 1975, and in June the same year in Berlin at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival, where Douglas also was nominated for the Golden Bear.[1]

Plot[edit]

Howard Nightingale (Kirk Douglas), a U.S. marshal, leads an elite uniformed posse to track down and capture the infamous bank robber Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern), in an effort to further his political career when running for United States Senator. Strawhorn disrupts his plans when he kidnaps Nightingale. He demands a ransom of $40,000 from the posse for Nightingale's safe return—the same amount of money that the posse burned when tracking Strawhorn down and killing his gang. In order to raise the money, Nightingale's posse have to rob the town, thus turning the public against Nightingale.

At a different level is this a very unusual film, as Douglas role charachter is a hero within the film's frame, but still becomes the spineless and selfish "bad guy" for the viewers.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Posse". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 

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