Skin Game

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Skin Game
Poster of the movie Skin Game.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Paul Bogart
Gordon Douglas
Produced by Harry Keller
Written by Richard Alan Simmons (story)
Peter Stone (credited as 'Pierre Marton')
Starring James Garner
Louis Gossett Jr.
Susan Clark
Brenda Sykes
Edward Asner
Andrew Duggan
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Walter Thompson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • September 30, 1971 (1971-09-30)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Skin Game is a 1971 American independent comedy western starring James Garner and Louis Gossett, Jr. and directed by Paul Bogart and Gordon Douglas, The supporting cast features Susan Clark, Edward Asner, Andrew Duggan, Parley Baer and Royal Dano.


Quincy Drew (Garner) and Jason O'Rourke (Gossett) travel from town to town in the south of the United States during the slavery era. Both men first meet when O'Rourke sells Drew a horse- a stolen horse belonging to the local Sheriff. They meet again by chance in jail after pulling various con jobs. (In comic relief they both pull out an Ace of Spades as they play cards.) They develop a con together in which Drew claims to be a down-on-his-luck slave owner who is selling O'Rourke as a slave. Drew gets the bidding rolling, sells O'Rourke, and the two later meet up to split the profit. O'Rourke was born a free man in New Jersey and is very well educated. The twist comes when O'Rourke is sold to a slave trader who is very savvy and intent on taking him down south to make a profit.



The film was remade three years later as a TV-movie called Sidekicks, with Larry Hagman playing Garner's role and Gossett reprising his part.

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