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Once Upon a Texas Train (1988)

An outlaw and a Texas Ranger Captain have a life-long personal feud, but twenty years later, with old-age settling in, they must put their differences aside in order to face the latest Texas problem, the youngest generation of outlaws.

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Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Nelson ... John Henry Lee
Richard Widmark ... Captain Owen Hayes
Shaun Cassidy ... Cotton
Chuck Connors ... Nash Crawford
Ken Curtis ... Kelly Sutton
Royal Dano ... Nitro Jones
Jack Elam ... Jason Fitch
Gene Evans ... Fargo Parker
Kevin McCarthy ... The Govenor
Dub Taylor ... Charlie Lee
Stuart Whitman ... George Asque
Angie Dickinson ... Maggie
Jeb Stuart Adams ... Billy Bates
Clare Carey ... Meg Boley
Harry Carey Jr. ... Herald Fitch (as Harry Carey)
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Storyline

Captain Hayes of the Texas Rangers reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the notorious John Henry, an outlaw cowboy, and put him behind bars. Twenty years later, upon his release, Henry is older, but unrepentant. Within six hours after leaving his jail cell, he evens the score with Hayes by holding up the Bank of Texas for twenty thousand dollars in gold. Hayes, in his fury, gets himself out of retirement to take up the chase once more. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Some men took money ... Some men took lives ... These men took both.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Texas Train See more »

Filming Locations:

Thousand Oaks, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of "The Over-the-Hill Gang." See more »

Goofs

Texas never had a "territorial prison" because Texas was never a territory. Unlike nearly every other state, Texas was an independent sovereign republic, and became part of the United States of America after a treaty was negotiated between the two nations (i.e., the Republic of Texas and the United States of America). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Owen Hayes: Put the gun down John Henry.
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Follows The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970) See more »

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These old men get that way by staying alive!
11 July 2018 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Written and directed by Burt Kennedy, Once Upon a Texas Train stars Willie Nelson, Richard Widmark, Shaun Cassidy and Chuck Connors. Music is by Arthur Rubinstein and cinematography Ken Lamkin.

A TV movie that Western fans can enjoy more for nostalgia value than anything bordering must see entertainment. Plot essentially has aged criminals led by Nelson's John Henry Lee, being pursued by aged law enforcers led by Widmark's Captain Oren Hayes. The passing of time a persistent theme as Kennedy throws in fun and sparky dialogue, narrative twists to make characters unlikely allies, while action flits in and out to off set the threat of impending boredom.

Made with love no doubt, and with the likes of Jack Elam and Royal Dano joining the Western roll call cast list, it's a passable Oater for lovers of such. 5/10


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