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The Sons of Katie Elder

John Wayne  Actor Dean Martin  Actor Martha Hyer  Actor Michael Anderson, Jr.  Actor Earl Holliman  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Suitable for Children

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The Sons of Katie Elder

UPC: 097360672947

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: Henry Hathaway directs the 1965 psychological Western The Sons of Katie Elder. Four sons reunite in their Texas hometown to attend their mother's funeral. John (John Wayne) is the gunfighter, Tom (Dean Martin) is the gambler, Matt (Earl Holliman) is the quiet one, and Bud (Michael Anderson Jr.) is the youngest. They soon learn that their father gambled away the family ranch, leading to his own murder. The brothers decide to find their father's killer and get back the ranch, even though they are discouraged to do so by local Sheriff Billy Wilson (Paul Fix). When the sheriff turns up dead, the Elder boys are blamed for the murder. Deputy Sheriff Ben Latta (Jeremy Slate) joins forces with the only witnesses of the murder: Morgan Hastings (James Gregory) and his son Dave (Dennis Hopper). A gunfight breaks out between the Hastings gang and the Elder gang. After his brother Matt is killed, John decides to settle the ranch dispute in a court of law with a judge (Sheldon Allman). However, Tom decides to take matters into his own hands by kidnapping Dave. After the final climactic gunfight, John and the wounded Bud retreat to a rooming house owned by Mary Gordon (Martha Hyer). ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Category: Western

Features: Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs
Dolby Digital
English Mono
French Mono
English subtitles
Interactive menus
Scene selection
Theatrical trailer

The Sons of Katie Elder

Format: DVD

Release Date: 06/05/2001

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 121 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. A Train, a Stranger, a Missing Brother
2. Our Beloved Katie Elder
3. Not Looking for Trouble
4. The Elder Boys
5. Settling Ma's Affairs
6. Looking for Answers
7. What Katie Wanted
8. A No-Good Family
9. You're Going Back to School
10. Wanted for Murder
11. Filling in for Ma
12. No More Running
13. Ambushed by the Elder Gang
14. We'll Raise Him
15. Only Weaklings Break
16. Something I Have to Do

Brendon Hanley

Though a relatively standard western, 1965's popular The Sons of Katie Elder was one of the most entertaining films of John Wayne's late career. His first movie since returning from highly-publicized cancer surgery, Sons is something of a throwback; the film is free of the revisionism that was beginning to seep into the genre in the mid-to-late 1960s. Director Henry Hathaway helmed a number of successful Wayne vehicles, he plays to the actor's strengths while emphasizing the surprising chemistry between The Duke and Dean Martin. This was the second time Wayne and Martin had worked together, the first being Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo (1959). ~ Brendon Hanley, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Elmer Bernstein  Composer (Music Score) 
Harry J. Essex  Screenwriter 
Henry Hathaway  Director 
Hal B. Wallis  Producer 
William H. Wright  Screenwriter 
Allan Weiss  Screenwriter 
Paul Nathan  Producer 
John Wayne  Actor 
Dean Martin  Actor 
Martha Hyer  Actor 
Michael Anderson, Jr.  Actor 
Earl Holliman  Actor 
Jeremy Slate  Actor 
Dennis Hopper  Actor 
James Gregory  Actor 
Paul Fix  Actor 
George Kennedy  Actor 
Sheldon Allman  Actor 
John Litel  Actor 
John Doucette  Actor 
James Westerfield  Actor 
Rhys Williams  Actor 
John Qualen  Actor 
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta  Actor 
Strother Martin  Actor 
Percy Helton  Actor 
Karl Swenson  Actor 
Jerry Gatlin  Actor 
Harvey Grant  Actor 
Loren Janes  Actor 
Boyd "Red" Morgan  Actor 
Ralph Volkie  Actor 
Jack Williams  Actor 
Henry Wills  Actor 
Joe Yrigoyen  Actor 
Chuck Roberson  Actor 

Country: USA