The Runaway Barge

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In this feature-length pilot for an unsold TV series, Bo Hopkins, Tim Matheson and Jim Davis star as Ezel, Owens, and Buckshot, three men carving out a living as the owners of a Mississippi river tugboat. Balancing comedy with melodrama, the story manages to involve our heroes with a gang of hijackers and kidnappers. The film originally aired March 24, 1975, on NBC. For its subsequent overseas release, The Runaway Barge was retitled River Bandits.


James Best
as Bingo Washington
Bo Hopkins
as Ezel Owens
Tim Matheson
as Danny Worth
Devon Ericson
as June Bug Dobbs
Nick Nolte
as Roy Blount
Christina Hart
as Reba Washburn
Jim Davis
as Capt. Buckshot Bates
Lucille Benson
as Madge Henshaw
Don Plumley
as Whispering Wally
Beau Gibson
as Rouge LeBlanc
John O. White
as 1st Fleetman
Bill Rowley
as 2nd Fleetman
David Carlton
as Supply Boat Captain
Joneal Joplin
as Pilot Virgil Henderson
Chuck Gunkel
as Arkansas Stupid
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