Endangered Species (1982 film)
|Directed by||Alan Rudolph|
|Produced by||Carolyn Pfeiffer|
|Written by||Alan Rudolph|
Richard Clayton Woods
Harry Carey, Jr.
|Music by||Gary Wright|
|Edited by||Tom Walls|
|Distributed by||MGM/UA Entertainment Co|
|September 10, 1982|
Thriller about a burnt out New York ex-cop Reuben Castle (Robert Urich) and a female sheriff (Jo Beth Williams) who begin to fall in love while investigating a string of mysterious cattle mutilations in a small Colorado town. Castle is a retired alcoholic police lieutenant out visiting the town with his tomboy daughter. At first he tries to stay out of the case but finds himself involved after the mysterious death of his friend Joe Hiatt. Hiatt was the editor of the local paper whose theories about black helicopters have aroused the ire of cattle baron Ben Morgan. Morgan seems to know much more about the cattle killings than he is telling, and may know why the organs of the dead cattle are being harvested. Castle is trying miserably to stay sober, and he finds himself back in danger and in love, as he and the sheriff work together to get to the bottom of the mystery, encountering incredible danger and resistance from the frightened locals. Morgan, who is turning the locals against Castle, also seems to have links to organizations which are not local, although these are denied.
The New York Times found the idea of the movie ripped from then current headlines of cattle mutilations, and praises the efforts of the cast and editor to make the material of the movie realistic, but that the movie overall was "dumb." TV Guide was kinder to the movie, giving in three out of five stars. They also found the cast to be excellent, and blamed the movie's failure on poor distribution by MGM. The especially recommended the movies for fans of director Alan Rudolph, and praised effect of low-flying helicopters snatching cows from their pastures at night. Creature Feature also liked the movie, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. finding the movie thrilling and enthralling.
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