Showdown (1973 film)

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1973 Theatrical Poster
Directed by George Seaton
Produced by George Seaton
Screenplay by Theodore Taylor
Story by Hank Fine
Starring Rock Hudson
Dean Martin
Susan Clark
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Edited by John W. Holmes
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1973 (1973-06-20)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Showdown is a 1973 American Western film produced and directed by George Seaton. It stars Rock Hudson, Dean Martin and Susan Clark.


Childhood friends Billy Massey and Chuck Jarvis go in opposite directions after Chuck ends up married to Billy's former sweetheart. Billy becomes a bank robber, Chuck a lawman. But they end up joining forces against common enemies in a final showdown.


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  • It was the final film for Seaton, who three years earlier had directed Martin and an all-star cast in the blockbuster hit Airport. It was also Dean Martin's last western.
  • In a 1972 episode of the TV series McMillan & Wife called “Cop of the Year,” McMillan (played by Hudson) visits the set of a Western (directed by Seaton, who plays himself) to ask the special-effects supervisor about how to make a gunshot wound appear on the chest of a gunman—who, in the shot being filmed, is the victim in a showdown.

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