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½ March 22, 2015
Pretty standard later career preachy John Wayne western. The film does boast a cast of Hollywood western regulars (George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Neville Brand, Marie Windsor, Royal Dano, Denver Pyle, Jackie Coogan, Harry Carey Jr., Paul Fix and Hand Worde) but the story is a pretty dull one about lawman Wayne chasing some bad guys while also trying to make up for lost time with his wayward sons. The film is directed by journeyman director Andrew V. McLaglen and it feels like everyone was just going through the motions, which Wayne said as much in interviews when when he found out that longtime friend and collaborator John Ford was dying partway through this film's production. Written by Harry Julian Fink and R.M. Fink, there is some decent moments of dialogue, but the story is pretty disappointing. Elmer Bernstein provides a fine score for the film, but that's one of the few highlights. For Wayne fans only.
October 9, 2014
Good and enjoyable western with a great casting and a sensational John Wayne against his nemesis magnificently played by George Kennedy... Interesting and highly underrated Duke flick--There ain't nothing too late... if you love it... It's a nice western, with a beautiful photography, beautiful scenery and great music by Elmer Bernstein!!
½ September 13, 2014
It's a fair to good western. Not one of john Wayne's better movies , but it's ok
August 16, 2014
A good morality story with some flaws that keep it from being great
½ May 23, 2014
ok late career john wayne
October 11, 2012
one of my all time favorites.
½ August 12, 2012
This movie is pretty lame and boring.
July 6, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012

(1973) Cahill- US Marshall
WESTERN

Passable John Wayne film which is sort of like a "long" Western semi-biography since "The Dukes" eldest son, Michael Wayne was also credited as one of the producers. Anyways, John Wayne stars as J.D. Cahill a devoted and committed sheriff but as a result of not being at home almost all the time(similar to an actors life), his two rebellious underage sons were somehow involved in a bank robbery accomplicing two rowdy outlaws lead by Fraser (Western movie veteran Arthur Kennedy) killling two sheriffs in the process. The two kids then decide to return the money after spending some quality time with their dad, who has already figured what had happened. By looking at the big picture this film is not that bad, the major problem is that the film needs more editing since it almost feels it drags on forever because it has to be two hour film, inciting viewers to want it to cut-to-the-chase especially as soon as it reaches towards the end. It's also an unusual piece for John Wayne to be involved since as a real life public figure he was known to possess some ideals similar to a bigot, and in this one he's civilized towards Mexicans, Native Americans and an African American in a small pivotal role.

2.5 out of 4
February 2, 2012
62/100. Not a great film, but is underrated simply for the fact that this is labeled by many as one of Wayne's weaker westerns in the latter stages of his career. Duke has a great supporting cast around him highlighted by Neville Brand as Indian tracker Ben Lightfoot, and villain George Kennedy. The Fink couple and writing team famous for penning Dirty Harry lacked originality for bringing up the same plot devices used in the Duke western Big Jake they wrote two years prior (Wayne choosing a gun slinging career over his children and Wayne teaming up with an Indian tracker). However I can forgive them since both areas were improved in this go around. Although some of their writing, such as Kennedy's sudden change of heart when Billy Jo was sick, was pretty weak.
½ December 17, 2011
Above average Western with John Wayne. But it is George Kennedy that makes this film worth watching!!
½ October 11, 2011
CAHILL: U.S. MARSHAL (1973)
½ July 23, 2011
JW is the man. Enough said
½ March 28, 2011
Fairly boring and generic. Ends up being a cheesy story about Fathers and Sons.
October 10, 2010
Good movie. John Wayne is such a good actor. good job john wayne
½ September 10, 2010
just coz the guy was on his last legs that makes this a good film. so so churned out guff
Super Reviewer
September 6, 2010
One of John Wayne's late westerns and you can tell that the golden era of the west is long bygone. Still, the Duke still got it and wouldn't it be for him, this movie would be mediocre at best. The story is another washup of the Rooser Cogburn characters, with the old Marshall standing alone against a bunch of bad guys (great as always, George Kennedy). However, the movie introduces a twist in the form of Marshall Cahill's two young sons who get entangled in the fight between good and evil and Cahill struggles to fulfill his duties on both ends, as a father and a Marshall. This adds a bit of depth to the role and the film but the story never leaves the area of the familiar and as such, the extra glazing of the cake quickly runs dry. Still, for fans of the Duke, this is a must and a better movie than many of his other late outputs. Wayne's son Michael produced this and no other than Andrew V. McClagen produced this.

HX
September 3, 2010
One of the most underrated films in Duke's career. This works as a great tale of the West, as well as a great story of Wayne not being able to be there for his kids. Something reflected on his real life.
August 31, 2010
I will skip all John Wayne movies. Always.
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