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The Long Riders

The Long Riders ~ What at first seems like a gimmick film by director Walter Hill is quite good if disjointed. The gimmick is that acting brothers are actually playing brothers in this flick about the James Gang and their infamous exploits.

In the days before the Baldwins, the brothers Keach, Carradine, Quaid and even Guest portray the outlaws of legend here and throughout try to out-hard each other endlessly. Surprisingly the performances are dry with the exception of Pamela Reed as Belle Starr.

The 1980 film is also highlighted by Hill’s trademark slow motion action sequences and a unique yet intriguing soundtrack that we don’t get enough of. Recommended.

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David Carradine Found Dead

Award winning actor, producer and musician David Carradine was found dead today in his hotel room in Bangkok. He was on site filming an unnamed movie. It appears to be suicide by hanging. Carradine was 72.

He was one of the sons of actor John Carradine, and probably best known as Caine in the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu.” He was a god to us kids on the playground at that time, and doubly so when we became aware of his other work especially as Frankenstein in the original Death Race. David Carradine was the Man.

Despite drug and alcohol issues and a seeming disappearance from the public consciousness, he never stopped working. He was always involved in one project or another. He returned to cult status however in the title role of Quentin Tarantino’s epic Kill Bill. We have truly lost a legend, and he’ll be missed.