The Shadow Riders

Synopsis: Tom Selleck (TV's Magnum P.I.) and Sam Elliot (Tombstone) star as brothers who battled on opposing sides of the Civil War only to return home to discover that their family, including a younger brother and one of the brothers' fiance, have been kidnapped by a marauding band of rebel guerrillas who refuse to accept the defeat of the Confederacy. Aided by their uncle, they set out to rescue the f...
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: Trimark
100 min


"April 1865.

"Dear Ma and Pa,

I hope this letter

finds you well.

"I have some good news.

"Word is

the war may be over soon.

"I tell you,

if there's one thing

I've learnt,

"it's the Travens

ain't the only family

split by this war,

"brother against brother.

"I just keep fearin',

one day I might

look down my sight

"and find Dal across from me.

"I hear little brother

Jesse signed up, too,

"but nobody's told me

which side.

"Well, kiss Heather

and Sissy for me,

"and don't fret none,

I'm fine.

"Right now

I'm somewhere in Georgia,

"and since

I've been made Captain,

"the burdens

of responsibility

have been heavy.

[woman humming]

"It's a dirty job,

but somebody's got to do it.

Your lovin' son, Mac."

You feeling good, honey?


I hope you'll be stayin'

around here for a while.

Oh, I'm afraid not.

I think we're gonna be

pullin' out soon.


I'm sorry to hear that.

I was hopin' that

we could

get to know each other

a little bit better.


Well, darlin',

I am afraid that is one of

the curses of war.

You meet somebody

and you only got one night

to really get to know 'em.

One night, huh?

I love soothin' a man.

[both chuckling]

Oh, just imagine

these poor old feet of yours

marched clear across Georgia.

Marched? I'm in the cavalry.

All that hard ridin'

clear across Georgia.

And Virginia.

Not to mention Tennessee.

Then I got my geography

all wrong.

[knocking on door]

[people shouting]

[fireworks exploding]


Who is it?

(Sgt. Ballock)

Sgt. Ballock, sir.

Go away.

(Sgt. Ballock)

It's important, sir.


can be that important.

Lee's surrendered, sir.

Come in.



what about the war?

Excuse me, Captain.

A courier just rode in.

Straight from Gen. Grant.

The war is over.

The men are anxious

to celebrate, Captain,

and they're waitin' on you.

Tell 'em I'll be right along.


Squad, halt!

Right face!

Would you like a blindfold?

I'd like to know

why I'm bein' shot.

For blowin' up

an ammo depot, a train.

Of course I did,

you dumb knobhead,

I'm a soldier.

You've been found guilty.

I don't recall no trial.

[horse snorting]

[birds chirping]

Squad, attention.



[people shouting]

[guns firing]

[all hooting]

Hold your hands out!

[guns firing]

Thank you, Major.

I'm glad you fellas

happened along.

Couldn't let

you get shot, Traven.

You're too good

a fightin' man.

Where you fellas bound?

We're crossin'

the Mississippi.

Lick our wounds,

gather ourselves,

try to get back

some of that old swagger,

and come back fightin'.

I'd like you

to ride with us.

No, sir.

The first thing I'm gonna do

is lie down somewhere

and die for a couple of days.

Then I'm headin'

back to Texas.

Gonna work the land,

try to make somethin'

out of it,

instead of blowin'

it all to hell.

Yeah, at least

you have a home

to go back to.

Most of these men don't.



Bring up that runaway

for Sgt. Traven.

Yes, sir.

Good luck, Sergeant.

Thank you, Major.

For everything.

I figure you'll be

needin' this, too.


[frogs croaking]

[birds chirping]

[insects chittering]

[hinges creaking]

[crickets chirping]

(Swamp Rat)

Well, looky there.

[horse snorting]

You get the horse.


You sure you want to do this?

(Swamp Rat)

Well, maybe we ought

to talk about it.


Weren't nice of you fellas,

tryin' to steal

another man's horse.


Hey, Crystal, how about

gettin' in here with me?

[Crystal chuckling]

You should be so lucky.

[music stops]

How you doin', honey?


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Louis L'Amour

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (; March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American novelist and short-story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work "frontier stories"); however, he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), non-fiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) were still in print, and he was "one of the world's most popular writers". more…

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