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Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981)

In nineteenth century Oklahoma, two teen girls, fans of stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former gang and although disappointed, still try to help them escape from a vigorous Marshal.

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Lamont Johnson

Writers:

David Eyre (screenplay by), Robert Ward (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Bill Dalton
Diane Lane ... Jenny (Little Britches)
Burt Lancaster ... Bill Doolin
Amanda Plummer ... Annie
Rod Steiger ... Tilghman
John Savage ... Bittercreek Newcomb
William Russ ... Little Dick Raidler
Buck Taylor ... Dynamite Dick
Roger Cudney ... Capps (as Roger Cudney Jr.)
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Red Buck
Chad Hastings Chad Hastings ... Conductor
John Quade ... Morgan
Yvette Sweetman Yvette Sweetman ... Mrs. Sweetman
Perry Lang ... Elrod
Tom Delaney Tom Delaney ... Ned's father
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Storyline

In nineteenth century Oklahoma, two teen girls, fans of stories about outlaws, are on a quest to meet and join up with them. They find a shadow of a former gang and although disappointed, still try to help them escape from a vigorous Marshal.

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Taglines:

They told the Doolin-Dalton Gang where to go. Then...they went with them.

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwei Mädchen und die Doolin-Bande See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,679, 26 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$534,816
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster was ill with hepatitis and suffered a mild heart attack during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Bill Doolin hands a shotgun shell to the kid that wants to watch the approach to the town for him, he hands him a standard, red, 12 gauge shotgun shell that any 12 gauge owner today would know well. The problem is that it was only in the late 1960's that manufacturers began using a color coding scheme, originally red for 12 gauge, gold for 20 gauge. In Oklahoma in the 1890's it would not have been the color shown on screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Having been discarded by its distribution company, Universal Pictures, the movie has only received one English-language video issue since it arrived in theaters c. 1981: a UK release on Picture Time Video. This version is truncated by 7 minutes; instead of the full 95-minute cut, the film runs only 88 minutes. See more »

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Completist Curio.
19 September 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Cattle Annie and Little Britches is directed by Lamont Johnson and Robert Ward co-adapts the screenplay with David Eyre from his own novel of the same name. It stars Burt Lancaster, Amanda Plummer, John Savage, Diane Lane, Rod Steiger, Scott Glenn and Buck Taylor. Music is by Sahn Berti and Tom Slocum and cinematography by Larry Pizer.

A strange Oater, one that's high on promise via its cast list and premise, but ultimately ends up unfulfilling. Story is based around how two teenage girls - fascinated by tales of outlaw's movements - hook up with the remnants of the Doolin-Dalton gang and inspire them to attempt former glories. Naturally it's all historically dubious and is bogged down by its derivative nature, while the quirky parodic blend of drama and cheery never sits comfortably, the later of which compounded by a string based score that would be more at home with Hanna-Barbera.

Mixed notices upon release are perfectly understandable given that Lancaster and Steiger offer fine presence to the play, and Plummer is electric on debut, but the chance for something more wistfully potent is sadly wasted. 5/10


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