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The Deadly Trackers is a 1973 American western film directed by Barry Shear and starring Richard Harris, Rod Taylor and Al Lettieri.[1] It is based on the novel Riata by Samuel Fuller.

The Deadly Trackers
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Directed byBarry Shear
StarringRichard Harris
Rod Taylor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 26, 1973 (1973-12-26)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States



Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick (Harris) is a pacifist. He is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring death to a gang of outlaws, led by the ruthless Brand (Taylor), to avenge the deaths of his wife and son, murdered by the gang when it robbed the bank in Kilpatrick's town. In Mexico, his hunt is challenged by his noble sheriff counterpart (Lettieri) interested only in carrying out the law - not vengeance.



The film began as a project written and directed by Sam Fuller, Riata, starring Richard Harris and Bo Hopkins. Production was halted during filming and then reassembled with a new director and cast; the only one of the original cast to return was Harris.[2]

According to costar Rod Taylor, Harris hated Fuller's script and walked out on the original production. Once Taylor signed on, he contributed to the re-write (Taylor was a member of the Screenwriters Guild) by adding scenes to flesh out his villainous character. It was through Harris' relentless drive that the film was completed at all, even using musical outtakes from other movies to cobble together the score.[3]

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  2. ^ Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood (Bear Manor Media, 2010) p178-179
  3. ^ Callan, Michael (2014). Richard Harris: The Biography. Pentheum Press. pp. 236–239. ISBN 978-0-9927798-3-2.

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