The Law of Average
In 1973, John Wayne continued making safe, similar westerns that
really did nothing to change the genre, except for his final film "The
Shootist." "Cahill- United States Marshal" falls into this sure
Wayne is the title character, a tough U.S. marshal who is gone
from home a lot, letting his sons Gary Grimes and Clay O'Brien
fend for themselves. In order to get back at their dad, seventeen
year old Grimes and eleven year old O'Brien join with a gang led by
George Kennedy to rob the town bank. The group has a foolproof
plan- get themselves locked in jail, escape, rob the bank, then lock
themselves up again with a perfect alibi. The bank is robbed, but
Kennedy's empty promises about no one getting hurt are broken
as the sheriff and a deputy are killed. O'Brien is told to hide the
loot, and Grimes and his brother are threatened if they ever
By this point, Wayne has returned to town, and takes Grimes to go
track the imaginary bank robbers. They do stumble upon a group
of outlaws, and these men are arrested and sentenced to hang.
Grimes and O'Brien must now work to get the hidden loot to
Kennedy, save the four innocent men, and look over their shoulder
as their father becomes more suspicious of their weird behavior.
People begin dying as the truth is slowly uncovered.
I have always liked John Wayne. He had huge screen presence
that has never been equalled. The voice, the stance, you know
right away when he is onscreen. Say what you want about the bad
film choices he made, and he made some doozies, even his
mediocre films are better than some of the cow plop Hollywood
passes out today.
"Cahill" is a good film, despite some flaws. There is never a scene
where Wayne finds out the truth about his criminally inclined
children, one second he doesn't know, the next second he does. I
would have liked to see him figure it out and react. Also, some of
McLaglen's action sequences are just plain stilted. Watch the
scene where Wayne catches a knife in his shoulder, barely
wincing, and knowing that the knife was already there when the
scene began. Same for the ridiculous owl-scares-kids scene, with
a large fake bird on some string.
Neville Brand, a name you may not know, but a face you have seen
in films before, is excellent here as Lightfoot, a half Comanche
tracker who fancies himself a great warrior. Denver Pyle, Jackie
Coogan, Royal Dano, and Paul Fix are all well known film
veterans, but are given just one or two scenes each and just a
handful of lines. Some of the gun scenes are bloody, but the gore
looks like bright red paint and is not convincing.
The entire film rests on John Wayne's shoulders, and he is up to
the task. He is very watchable, and does a good job in a role he
could have sleepwalked through. Thanks to his efforts, Brand, and
a twisty plot that makes this film seem shorter than an hour and
forty three minutes, I am going to recommend "Cahill- United
This is rated (PG) and contains physical violence, strong gun
violence, gore, and mild profanity..
Denver Catt watch The Recruit movie
John Wayne in a fantastic performance. Beautiful sceanary. A step up from Rio Grande.
john wayne what a great actor all his movies are a must watch.
dirtydawg watch The Brave Engineer movie
What can I say, its a John Wayne movie. I dont think he made a bad one..
paul456 watch Big River Man movie
watched it on tv great movie.
hanfgiang watch The Princess And The Frog movie
this film is very excelent .
ONE OF HIS BEST MOVIES......
You cant beat John Wayne.
jhon wanyen is the best cant get no better than this.
John Wayne at his best!!! great movie.
like western till today..
This is not one of John Wayne\'s better flicks from his later years. It
really isn\'t because it\'s a bad film, but the energy level is so low
due to the fact he was so gosh-darn old! Unlike the energy that he
somehow mustered for MC Q and BRANNIGAN, this movie just seems to crawl
along and offers very little more than what you might see in an episode
of BONANZA or GUN SMOKE. I really wish Wayne had held out for a more
worthy film, but considering he spent most of his life just churning
out films, it isn\'t too surprising that he did the movie. The 5 rating
is for the average viewer. If you are a Wayne fan, a score of 6 or 7
would probably suffice, as it is still enjoyable because it\'s still
pure John Wayne..