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Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef

Date of Birth: 09 Jan 1925

Country: USA

Biography: Lee Van Cleef was an American film actor who appeared mostly in Western and action pictures. His sharp features and piercing eyes led to his casting as a villain in scores of films, though in later years he was often a film's protagonist, such as with his co-lead role as a bounty hunter in For a Few Dollars More.

Total Credits at Criticker: 80 (Actor)

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    For a Few Dollars More
    Two bounty hunters with completely different intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Three gunmen set out to find a hidden fortune. Who will walk away with the cash? (imdb)
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    High Noon
    A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (imdb)
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    Escape from New York
    In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns to a funeral of a homeless man and tells the truth about his deed. (imdb)
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
    As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America... (imdb)
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    The Young Lions
    The destiny of two soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian approves less and less of the war, while the American GI Ackerman climbs the military hierarchy. (imdb)
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    The Conqueror
    Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan. (imdb)
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    God\
    Priest turned vigilante Father John (Van Cleef) hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Palance), who killed a man in a local bar. On the gang's return to the town, they kill the priest, leaving a young parishioner Johnny behind. He now seeks revenge for the death of the holy man. (imdb)
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    The Octagon
    Scott's life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he and a friend endured under a martial arts master. The second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered. Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago. (imdb)
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    Day of Anger
    Amiable, unassertive Scott Mary picks up the trash, cleans the toilets, sweeps the floors in the town of Clifton. Then a gunfighter comes to town. He offers advice and guidance to Scott who quickly begins to toughen and mature, thus upsetting the balance of power in the town.
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    The Bravados
    Jim Douglas has been relentlessly pursuing the four outlaws who murdered his wife, but finds them in jail about to be hanged. While he waits to witness their execution, they escape; and the townspeople enlist Douglas' aid to recapture them. (imdb)
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    The Big Gundown
    Jonathan Corbett is a gunman so Brave to have eliminated all the bandits of Texas. For this he is proposed for the candidacy to the Senate of the United States. In exchange he has only to support the construction of one railway line. Only after he accepts does he comes to know that the Mexican Cuchillo has raped and killed a 12 year old girl. Corbett leaves on a long manhunt... (imdb)
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    Ride Lonesome
    A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely.(imdb)
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    The Big Combo
    Police Lt. Diamond is told to close his surveillance of suspected mob boss Mr. Brown because it's costing the department too much money with no results. Diamond makes one last attempt to uncover evidence against Brown by going to Brown's girlfriend, Susan Lowell. (imdb)
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    China Gate
    Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian smuggler, Lucky Legs, agrees to use her connections to help them, in return getting her bastard son into America... (imdb)
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    Death Rides a Horse
    As a child, Bill witnesses the murder of his family by four robbers. Fifteen years later, he embarks on his revenge. During his quest, he crosses paths with Ryan, an ex-con who wants the money the robbers owe him. (imdb)
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    The Grand Duel
    Philipp Wermeer has been framed for the murder of a powerful figure known as The Patriarch. Wermeer escapes, but the three Saxon brothers, sons of The Patriarch, have arranged for a large bounty on Wermeer's head... (imdb)
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    Take a Hard Ride
    Jim Brown plays Pike, a stonefaced cowboy who meets up Tyree (Fred Williamson), a jocular and dishonest gambler. Together with a mute Indian scout Kashtok (Jim Kelly), the trio attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles of Western wasteland to deliver it to the widow of Pike's former employer. (All Movie Guide)
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    Kid Vengeance
    A prospector whose gold was stolen by an outlaw teams up with a kid whose parents were murdered and sister kidnapped by the same outlaw. (imdb)
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    The Tin Star
    Veteran bounty-hunter Morg Hickman rides into a town in danger. The sheriff has been killed, and young inexperienced Ben Owens named a temporary replacement until a permanent can be found. Ben wants to be that permanent replacement, so needs to impress the townspeople with his skill... (imdb)
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    Sabata
    Several pillars of society have robbed an Army safe containing $100,000 so they can buy the land upon which the coming railroad will be built. But they haven't reckoned on the presence of the master gunslinger, Sabata. (imdb)
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    Blood Money
    A martial artist joins a hard-hitting gunfighter in the search for treasure while bandits step into their way. (IMDB)
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    Guns, Girls, and Gangsters
    Chuck Wheeler gets out of the Pen and sets up an elaborate heist of Vegas casino money travelling by armored truck. He enlists the help of shady club owner Joe Darren and his ex-cellmate's wife, Vi. Vi's husband Mike is a trigger happy and jealous hothead and will not grant her a divorce. Mike escapes from prison right before the armored truck job goes into motion and promises trouble as he tries to locate his associates and his wandering wife. (imdb)
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    Return of Sabata
    Master gunslinger Sabata arrives in Hobsonville, a town completely owned by McIntock, a robber baron who is taxing the inhabitants for the cost of future improvements to the town. Or that's what McIntock says he'll do with the money... (imdb)
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    Armed Response
    One of Tanaka's underlings has stolen a rare statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between the local Yakusa and Chinese Tong. He hires two private investigators to exchange ransom money to recover the statuette, but the trade goes down bad and Clay Roth is killed. This angers Roth's brothers and father, all combat veterans, and they go after the people responsible. (imdb)
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    Kansas City Confidential
    An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. (imdb)
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    It Conquered the World
    An alien from Venus tries to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist.
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    Barquero
    The picture narrates as a renegade motley group (Warren Oates, Kerwin Matthews, Armando Sivestre) execute a massacre and they are robbing to the village's inhabitants. They flee but are stopped for a barge's proprietary(Lee Van Cleef) in the frontier on the river Grande. He only is helped for a mountain man (Forrest Tucker).The confrontation will be terrible and they will fight until the death. (imdb)
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    The Magnificent Seven Ride!
    Marshal Chris Adams turns down a friend's request to help stop the depredations of a gang of Mexican bandits. When his wife is killed by bank robbers and his friend is killed capturing the last thief, Chris feels obligated to take up his friend's cause and recruits a writer and five prisoners to destroy the desperadoes.
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    Pardners
    A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch. (imdb)
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    The Lonely Man
    Gunslinger Jacob Wade finds his long-abandoned son Riley, now a young man who hates his father but has nowhere else to go. Hoping to settle down, Jacob finds no town will have him. They end at Monolith, the ranch of Jacob's former girlfriend Ada, to whom he had no intention of returning. A mustang hunt finds Riley himself attracted to the shapely Ada...and Jacob having trouble with his eyesight. And his visions of a quiet life are doomed by the re-appearance of enemies from his past. (imdb)
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    The Lawless Breed
    After being released from prison, ex-gunfighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation. (imdb)
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    Beyond the Law
    A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it
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    Bad Man\
    Robber Roy King loses his wife, Alicia, to revolutionary Montero. Despite their rivalry they collaborate in an attempt to rob the Mexican government of one million dollars. (imdb)
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    El Condor
    Luke, an escaped convict, and Jaroo, a loner gold prospector, team up with a band of Apache Indians in 19th century Mexico to capture a large, heavily armed fortress for the millions -- or billions -- of dollars in gold that are rumored to be stored within. (imdb)
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    Arena
    Rodeo rider's marriage is endangered because of his commitment to the sport. (imdb)
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    Ten Wanted Men
    When his ward seeks protection with rival cattleman John Stewart, embittered, jealous rancher Wick Campbell hires ten outlaws to help him seize power in the territory. (imdb)
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    Tribute to a Bad Man
    Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta. (imdb)
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    Captain Apache
    A Native American born US Army officer, Captain Apache, investigating a murder, uncovers a presidential assassination plot. (imdb)
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    Commandos
    Lee Van Cleef chews scenery as a battle-hardened sergeant who leads a group of American commandos on a crucial mission in this World War II film directed by Armando Crispino. Disguised as Italian soldiers, Sgt. Sullivan (Van Cleef) and his men set out to infiltrate a North African post held by the Italians. Adding tension to the difficult mission is naive and arrogant Capt. Valli (Jack Kelly), who questions Sullivan's decisions at every turn. (Netflix.com)
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    Escape from Death Row
    This is a buddy film with a small-time thug (Victor Lobianco) meeting a high-profile gangster (Lee Van Cleef) while in prison. The pair team up to attempt a prison breakout. (imdb)
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    A Man Alone
    A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the murder of the local banker, and winds up hiding in the basement of a house where the local sheriff, who is very sick, lives with his daughter. (imdb)
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    Posse from Hell
    Murphy goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Murphy; only tenderfoot banker Saxon remains, to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Murphy shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others display only revulsion. (imdb)
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    The Squeeze
    A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist. (imdb)
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    Tumbleweed
    Murphy plays wagon train scout Jim Harvey. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, Harvey is wrongly accused of saving himself while allowing the people under his protection to be slaughtered by Indians. With the help of sheriff Murchoree and his Native American friend Tigre, Harvey breaks out of jail to prove his innocence. Figuring largely in the proceedings are horse-rancher Nick Buckley and his wife Louella Buckley, who provide Harvey with a "loser" horse that turns out to be a winner (Answers.com)
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    Code Name: Wild Geese
    A band of mercenaries are hired to fight a Burmese opium warlord in the Golden Triangle area of southeast Asia. (imdb)
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    The Commander
    A man from the DEA, the U.S. Anti-Drug Agency, Has became corrupt, and is on the other side. To discover the truth, the agency infiltrate one of its best men in the band of mercenaries, one of the big bosses who are fighting in a war against a powerful drug trafficker... (DVD)
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    Day of the Bad Man
    Judge Jim Scott must contend with the vicious relatives of a murderer he's about to sentence...and his unfaithful fiancee. (imdb)
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    Princess of the Nile
    Time: A.D. 1249. Shalimar, an Egyptian princess, striving to rid her country of its Bedouin conquerors, forms an alliance with Prince Haidi, son of the Caliph of Baghdad. She practices her intrigues both at the court and, disguised as a dancing girl, in the market place. (imdb)
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    Joe Dakota
    Joe, searching for his friend stumbles upon a seemingly abandoned town. Searching near the town he discovers people digging an oil well who get angry at his inquisitiveness.
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    The Hard Way
    A professional assassin is coerced into taking on one last job. (imdb)
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    Jack Slade
    A twelve year old Joey Slade sees his father gunned down in front of him and decides that he will dedicate his life to ridding society of all outlaws. He assumes the name Jack and as an adult takes on hired gun type jobs in order to achieve his revenge. (imdb)
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    Killing Machine
    With shoddy production values and a plot that seems to be more of an excuse for violence than anything else, this underpar drama focuses on vigilante justice. While trying to cross the border into France, a Spanish truck driver's vehicle is burned by two angry French farmers, killing the driver's wife. Unable to win his case against the men in court, the angry driver vows to avenge the death of his wife by killing the farmers and their sleazy lawyer. (allmovie.com)
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    Arrow in the Dust
    Arrow in the Dust is an intelligently assembled story of regeneration. Deserting cavalry trooper Bart Laish (Sterling Hayden) is forced by a series of circumstances to assume the identity of his dead commanding officer. In this guise, Laish is put in charge of a wagon train heading through Indian country. At first intending to weasel out of the responsibility, Laish eventually takes his duties seriously, and in so doing he restores his own innate courage and self-respect. (allrovi.com)
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    The Bandits of Corsica
    Siamese twins separated at birth retain a psychic link; each feels the other's pain and happiness. (imdb)
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    Dawn at Socorro
    Gunfighter Brett Wade, diagnosed with tuberculosis, tries to get out of his former life while helping a young woman. (imdb)
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    The Badge of Marshal Brennan
    Jim Davis is a man on the run. He comes across the body of a dead man wearing the badge of a marshal. He buries the body and takes the badge and rides on. At the next town, he is mistaken for the dead man, a legendary marshal named Brennan. The town sent for Marshal Brennan because they were facing a crisis that includes among other things an epidemic. The Stranger decides to stay as a way of hiding from the men chasing him. (imdb)
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    The Quiet Gun
    Hired gun Doug Sadler rides into a small Western town and immediately provokes the local sheriff, Carl Brandon, by tormenting a simpleminded local named Sampson. Brandon is further provoked by a visit from city attorney Hardy, who announces that the town council is charging local rancher Ralph Carpenter with violations of morality for living with an Indian girl. (imdb)
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    Untamed Frontier
    The Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land; but to evade a murder charge, Glenn Denbow marries the only witness, Jane, who's conveniently in love with him, but favors the settlers. When Glenn goes back to his blackmailing old flame Lottie, a warm regard develops between Jane and cousin Kirk Denbow. Things come to a head when an impending range war coincides with a rustling foray. (imdb)
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    The Vanishing American
    Marion Warner inherits a piece of land in the New Mexico desert and arrives to determine her best course of action with the property. She is initially determined to have the Navaho Indians who are living on the land run off, but encounters stiff resistance from local high-roller Morgan and his toady Blucher. Marion meets Morgan's enemy, Blandy, a Navaho with an education and a sophisticated outlook. (imdb)
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    Chameleon
    In this action-packed romantic adventure story, a beautiful woman must perform feats of bravery in order to inherit a $28 million fortune and win the man she loves. Lots of stunts featuring planes, motorcycles, cliff diving, alligator wrestling and gun battles. (imdb)
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    Gun Battle at Monterey
    Reno and Turner are partners who robbed the express in Monterey. But when Turner wants to leave the partnership, Reno shots him and leaves him for dead. But Turner is found by Maria and nursed back to health. He then searches California for Reno and finds him in Del Ray, running a bar which he got by shooting his partner Abbott. Turner masquerades as York and keeps Reno off balance long enough to trap him. (imdb)
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    Rails Into Laramie
    A railroad sends an agent to Laramie to try to find out who is behind the efforts to stop the railroad from building its line into the area. (imdb)
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    The Road to Denver
    The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law. (imdb)
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    Treasure of Ruby Hills
    Cattle ranchers "Chalk" Reynolds and Walt Payne have driven most of the small ranchers from the government range in the Ruby Hills country, and are fighting between them to get sole control. Reynold's chief gunman is Frank Emmett and Payne's hired gun is Jack Voyle, and both are described as ruthless killers. Into the valley rides Ross Haney who has just bought the water rights to the range, a legal step that Reynolds and Payne over-looked. (imdb)
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    The Yellow Tomahawk
    When the army insists on building a fort on Indian land, in defiance of a treaty, the warnings of a scout go unheeded. (imdb)
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    Jungle Raiders
    An expedition enters an unexplored jungle to search for a legendary ruby. (imdb)
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    The Desperado
    From 1870 to 1873, Texas suffered under the carpetbag administration of reconstructionist Governor E. J. Davis (the name and the stated conditions was about the last of anything authentic in this film) and his despotic state police commanded in John's City by Captain Jake Thornton. Two young men, Tall Cameron and Ray Novack flee to the Big Bend area to escape persecution. (imdb)
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    Gypsy Colt
    A beautiful spirited horse is so devoted to his young mistress that he undertakes an incredible 500-mile journey over treacherous terrain to be reunited with her. (imdb)
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    The Last Stagecoach West
    The coming of the railroad to Cedar City spells the end of the stagecoach as the government gives the mail contract to the fastest means of delivery. McCord loses the stagecoach line gambling with the new buyer, but has enough hidden money to buy a ranch and some cattle. To make more money, he starts a gang to rob the railroad, express offices and steal cattle. But the railroads send out special agent Cameron to end his reign of violence. (imdb)
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    Machete
    The cousin of a wealthy plantation owner in Puerto Rico plants seeds of jealousy in the man's mind concerning his new wife and the handsome foreman. (imdb)
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    The Slowest Gun in the West
    The town of Primrose, Arizona is beset by outlaws, so the towns people hire Fletcher Bissell III (A.K.A. The Silver Dollar Kid) as their new sheriff. Fletcher is so cowardly the townsfolk are sure that the local outlaws will be too proud to gun him down. This proves to be the case, and the outlaws hire their own cowardly gunfighter, Chicken Farnsworth, to go up against The Silver Dollar Kid.
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    The Nebraskan
    Trying to make peace with the Nebraska Sioux leads frontier scout Wade Harper through many perils.
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    Accused of Murder
    Nightclub singer Ilona Vance is accused of the murder of a crooked lawyer. But Lt. Roy Hargis is convinced that Ilona is caught up in a web of deceit and intends to prove her innocence. (TCM)
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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
    After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in feud with Clantons, local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. (imdb)
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    White Lightning
    The Red Devils, a professional ice hockey team, owned by Jack Monohan, is in the midst of a long losing streak, due to bribes being accepted from gamblers by the star player. When the team is joined by cocky Mike Connors, a boyhood friend of Jack's, they begin to regain their former winning ways. Mike becomes a star who cannot be stopped, but is disliked by his teammates because of his selfish play. Jack tries to keep Mike away from his sister Margaret, who is in love with him, which leads to a
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    The Naked Street
    A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemmed murderer (Grainger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant. (imdb)
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    The Master
    The Master (1984) - TV Series
    An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter. (imdb)
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    The Twilight Zone