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Support Your Local Sheriff (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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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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.
I took 1 star for too much silliness, predictability and a little bit of bad acting from some supporting characters.
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.
This and its cohort "Support Your Local GunFighter" make a great family combination to your ever growing fun for all library.
I and my family feel this is a keeper and watcher for many years to come.
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I totally wore out my VHS tape, so now I am buying it in DVD. Its a movie about a home-town sheriff with superhero prowess. Read morePublished 10 months ago by b fast
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 on June 20 2014 by Chris Locker
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
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. Read morePublished on April 16 2002 by Hazen B Markoe
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
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