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Support Your Local Sheriff (Widescreen)

James Garner , Joan Hackett , Burt Kennedy    G (General Audience)   DVD
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While hardly the first Western spoof to ride out of Hollywood, Support Your Local Sheriff is easily one of the best. James Garner plays the confident, cool-headed cowboy who strolls into a wild gold rush town on the way to Australia and takes the job as sheriff. Like a parody of My Darling Clementine by way of Rio Bravo, he arrests the hotheaded but hopelessly confused son (Bruce Dern) of a ruthless ranching magnate (Walter Brennan). Stuck with a half-built jail (where he keeps his prisoner penned up with pure psychology and a few spatters of red paint), a rummy sidekick (google-eyed Jack Elam in one of his first comic turns), and a disaster-prone tomboy (Joan Hackett), he takes on a succession of gunfighters with increasing exasperation. "Sure is a childish way for a grown man to make a living," he laments before chasing one gunman out of Dodge by pelting him with rocks. Directed with laconic ease by veteran Western director Burt Kennedy, it's a clever spoof of familiar conventions in a lighthearted vein, more understated and affectionate than Mel Brooks's outrageous farce Blazing Saddles. It inspired a slew of imitators, including a decade of silly Disney Westerns that sank the genre in slapstick shenanigans, and was followed in 1971 by Kennedy's pseudosequel Support Your Local Gunfighter, which reteamed Garner and Elam in a more mercenary story of con artists and gunslingers. --Sean Axmaker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Wild West Sept. 29 2003
James Garner stars as Jason McCullough in this hilarious Western spoof. This was the era of John Wayne westerns, and this movie came about at just about the right time to make fun of the western and what it had become, often scarcely more than a cookie-cutter production with a predictable plot, scowling gunfighters, and the same basic storyline. McCullough is a wandering frontiersman on his way to Australia, and happens upon a small mining town which has sprung up overnight and become too big for its laws. He decides to earn a little extra money before moving on, and takes a job as the sheriff of the town. Consequently he's forced to deal with the Danby bunch, a rancher family who's swindling and intimidating the mine owners. Between dealing with the Danbys (headed by the very funny Walter Brennan), trying to keep his prisoners in a jail with no bars, and fighting off the advances of the hapless mayor's daughter, McCullough has his hands full.

Garner is great in his role as the opportunistic, but effective, sheriff. Jack Elam co-stars as his deputy, and the antics of this pair are enough to keep anyone entertained throughout the movie. Anyone familiar with Westerns from this era will appreciate the humor of this parody on Hollywood's Wild West.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, unpretentiuos, sweet kind of humor June 28 2002
By A Customer
I have no idea how they managed to put all these simple jokes in such sweet package, but they did certainly made just this - they made me laugh and asking for more of the same dish. What I find especially wonderful about this particular spoof - it does not spoil the memories about serous good Westerns. I watched "The Shootist" right before and "Rio Diablo" right after, enjoyed all. Try same with some pleasure stealing spoof like "Blazing Saddles", won't work.
I took 1 star for too much silliness, predictability and a little bit of bad acting from some supporting characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60 for who and 40 for who? July 23 2001
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Down through time it is easy to get the "support your local" films mixed up. This is the first. This is an educational film teaching you everything from sharing to proper gun pointing etiquette. Everyone has his or her favorite part in this movie. It contains sight gages and puns and jokes (some take time to think about.)
I will not go into detail incase you have not seen this as it is fun to watch the story unfold. However it is several overlapping stories tied together by Jason McCullough (James Garner) who has spent four years on his way to Australia and stops for a little gold prospecting. He needs a job to buy food while prospecting, as the position of sheriff is available.
O.K. I can not help it. He is handed the badge with a dent from a bullet in it.
James Garner: This must have saved his life.
Harry Morgan: It would have, if it weren't for all those other bullets.
This movie may not have all the DVD goodies you look for but it is DVD so it will last as long as the technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Garner Is One of the Greatest July 25 2001
I saw this film many years ago when it came out. I loved it then and I love it now. How time goes by. I always liked Joan Hackett. I thought she was great. She left us much too soon. I miss her from the silver screen. This film demonstrates the great depth that director Burt Kennedy had and was never given credit for. I think that the much misunderstood RETURN OF THE SEVEN hurt him. I think it is a classic Western but that is another topic. However this film should have given Kennedy the credit he was due. Few directors have the range that Kennedy has. And few actors have the range that James Garner has. This film is really a great study in human nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garner leads a Wild West Funfest!!!! April 16 2002
In the Wild West, while "passing though" a gold-rush boom town on his way to Australia, Jason McCullough decides to earn some pocket money by taking the vacant post of sheriff. Armed with a quick draw and even quicker wit, the laid-back lawman is able to recruit the town drunk as deputy, win the heart of the Mayor's rather overreacting daughter and defeat the nasty Danby clan. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF is one of those classic western spoofs in which the typical cliches don't exactly apply. James Garner, who honed his "practical attitude" hero act in the "Maverick" TV series, is wonderful as the savvy sheriff. Jack Elam's quirky charm is put to good use as his loyal, yet reluctant, deputy. Henry Morgan is a hoot as the not-always reliable town mayor. Walter Brennan is appropriately cranky as the head of the Danby clan, while Bruce Dern gets laughs as his rather dim-witted son. From the obvious sight gag of "Madame Orr's House" to Elam's delivery of the off-beat epilogue, this flick never skips a beat. If you enjoy spoofs and the classic style of James Garner's Everyman, this is a film I would heartily recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the funny stuff rolled into one July 1 2001
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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF has all the funny Western parody stuff rolled into one. It is the High Noon and all of those classic Westerns with the serious parts taken out, replaced by laughs galore. Casting went a long way to produce such a pleasing comedy. Garner plays perfectly a fast-gun Sheriff whose middle names are guile and modesty. Jack Elam handles his deputy sheriff as a top comedian side-kick. Harry Morgan does a banging job as the Mayor whose town jail hasn't bars in the cells, and who can't quite make up his mind. Then, give the two dozen roses to late Joan Hackett whose penchant for making a mess and being a mess was the scene stealer of this film. I give credit to the writers and director for originality and not going for cheap laughs from Madame Orr's House except for the single chuckle canon ball scene. Finally, pin a medal on meekly viscious Bruce Dern who kept himself a chuckle ahead of everyone from one scene after another. How did I ever miss this very funny movie at the box office?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit Sappy but Lovable
If anyone likes James Garner (and who doesn't) then you should get this movie. No violence, some gun shooting but that's western. A lot of comedy!
Published 3 months ago by Chris Locker
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun western comedy
Dumb but funny western spoof with James Garner as a sheriff whose gun is fast but whose wits are faster and Walter Brennan doing a comic take-off on his most famous role as Old Man... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jon Corelis
5.0 out of 5 stars The ole west was never funnier
James Garner pulls a great role in this ole west feature, he proves he can do comedy while staying true to his acting nature we all love. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2010 by Steven J. Kalynuik
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Comedy At It's Best
Real wholesome good fun! A cleverly funny movie with an interesting story that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. I dare anyone NOT to like it -- it can't be done!
Published on March 26 2010 by Louise Nielsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local Sheriff
Garner shines in this western comedy as the town's new sheriff, attempting to bring law and order where others before him have failed. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2008 by Paul A. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun!
This film is as much as a delight today, as it was when I first saw it at 12-years-old. A must for your collection!
Published on Dec 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps me laughing
YOu'd never think that James Garner was a comedy actor, but he keeps me laughing in this movie. also has Col. Potter from MASH in this movie.
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Karl Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome Entertainment
For pure fun loving comedy, you can not beat this combination of characters and the actors that play the parts. Read more
Published on July 28 2001 by Duke Johnson
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