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      Support Your Local Sheriff!

      G 1969 1h 33m Western Comedy List
      76% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 82% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A small-scale gold rush erupts in a Colorado town after treasure is found in a grave. The area quickly becomes a magnet for criminals and other ne'er-do-wells, but everyone is too intent on searching for gold to consider law and order. When Jason McCullough (James Garner), a clever and supremely laid-back gunslinger, wanders into town, he becomes the de facto lawman, aided by local eccentric Jake (Jack Elam). McCullough's ingenuity is tested, however, when he runs afoul of the tough Danby gang. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Colin McArthur Sight & Sound In Support Your Local Sheriff Burt Kennedy and William Bowers remind us that it is possible to make a comic Western and yet love and understand the genre. Apr 1, 2020 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's essentially a lousy TV situation comedy dragged out to feature length for no good reason. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Garner brings a variation on his 'Maverick' persona to this classic satirical Western... does for Westerns what The Princess Bride did for fairy-tale fantasy. Rated: A- Jan 30, 2004 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand [James] Garner is a master playing the easy-going straight man with a mix of wit and practicality... Aug 19, 2023 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The gags in this oater are time-tested and could easily have been groaners. But Garner and director Kennedy...make every quip perfectly-timed, every sight gag hilariously simple. Rated: 3/4 Oct 15, 2022 Full Review Paul Schrader Los Angeles Free Press Mindless Entertainment Department: veteran screenwriter William Bowers has written a funny script for a film with the suspiciously corny title of Support Your Local Sheriff. Jun 30, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      nick s Very watchable movie. It had a few funny moments and good acting. But it also had plenty of flat spells. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/31/23 Full Review Matthew B It was during the period of the decline of the western that the two ‘Support Your…' movies were made, and they too soak in the atmosphere of the time. We cannot call either film a serious assault on the classic western. They were directed by Burt Kennedy, a stalwart of the old westerns. Also the humour in the films was gentle and a little daft. Nonetheless the films take the westerns of old and give them a modern subversive twist. A large part of this lies in the presence of James Garner and Jack Elam, the two lead stars of both films. They play outsiders who have a cynical disregard for the conventional behaviour expected of characters in westerns, and this lends the movies their edge. Like the heroes of spaghetti westerns they are essentially out for money, although they will occasionally act with honour when pushed. Support Your Local Sheriff offers a pastiche of a number of classic westerns, including Rio Bravo, My Darling Clementine and Winchester 73. James Garner plays Jason McCullough, a man who is most definitely on his way to Australia, and who has been for several years, but who is presently passing through the town of Calendar. Law enforcement is in short supply here, and the last three sheriffs have either fled or been killed. As one of the senior town officials explains to McCullough, the tin star helped to save the life of a former sheriff when it stopped a bullet – or would have done if it was not for all the other bullets flying his way. Appropriately enough the centre of the town is an enormous mud pit in which the inhabitants brawl with one another. In the midst of this, McCullough seeks to pick his way, regarding the foibles of the local people with an amused air. James Garner's relaxed charm lends him the air of not taking anything seriously, and this serves to further emphasise the absurdity of what is happening. His only response to the mudfight is to ask them to pause long enough for him to pick up his food, and to send non-verbal warning signals to anyone who offers to hit him. It is almost as if McCullough is the only adult in town, and this applies when he responds to the sight of Joe Danby (Bruce Dern) gunning a man down. Danby shoots the man in cold blood, and tries to claim that the other man drew first. Without the slightest trace of fear, McCullough calmly explains that this is technically true, before outlining the trick used by Danby to get the other man to draw first. It might be thought that McCullough is a modern man living in an outdated culture, but this is not entirely true. The townsfolk are just as cynical as he is, even if their values are different. We see this in the amusing opening scene where they are burying a man they do not know. They are more concerned about not catching whatever disease killed off this stranger, and allow their dogs to walk on the coffin. However when someone sees gold in the burial area, the coffin is hastily pushed out of the way by grasping citizens. I wrote a longer appreciation of the two 'Support Your...' movies on my blog page if you would like to read more: https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/support-your-local-garner-support-your-local-sheriff-1969-support-your-local-gunfighter-1971/ Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/18/23 Full Review Olivia Y A lovable film made for cold winter afternoons to warm the cockles. If you don't like this then you have no soul. Smashing - that's the word…… Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie with quite a bit of comedy in it. Yes, I recommended James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, June 6, 2023. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Easy Fun. Classic Cast. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Great, Bold, fun, action!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A small-scale gold rush erupts in a Colorado town after treasure is found in a grave. The area quickly becomes a magnet for criminals and other ne'er-do-wells, but everyone is too intent on searching for gold to consider law and order. When Jason McCullough (James Garner), a clever and supremely laid-back gunslinger, wanders into town, he becomes the de facto lawman, aided by local eccentric Jake (Jack Elam). McCullough's ingenuity is tested, however, when he runs afoul of the tough Danby gang.
      Director
      Burt Kennedy
      Producer
      William Bowers
      Screenwriter
      William Bowers
      Production Co
      Cherokee Productions
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Western, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 15, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 33m
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