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Stagecoach (1986)

Unrated | | Action, Drama, Western | TV Movie 18 May 1986
In 1880, a motley group of passengers takes the stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona to Lordsburg, New Mexico via dangerous Apache territory.


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James Lee Barrett (teleplay), Ernest Haycox (story "Stage to Lordsburg") | 1 more credit »
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Willie Nelson ... Doc Holliday
Kris Kristofferson ... Ringo / Ringo Kid / Bill Williams
Johnny Cash ... Marshal Curly Wilcox
Waylon Jennings ... Hatfield - Gambler
John Schneider ... Buck - Overland Stage Driver
Elizabeth Ashley ... Dallas
Anthony Newley ... Trevor Peacock - Old John's Whiskey Salesman
Anthony Franciosa ... Henry Gatewood - Tonto Banker (as Tony Franciosa)
Merritt Butrick ... Lt. Blanchard
Mary Crosby ... Mrs. Lucy Mallory
June Carter Cash ... Mrs. Pickett
Jessi Colter Jessi Colter ... Martha (as Jesse Colter)
Alex Kubik Alex Kubik ... Luke Plummer (as Alex Kubic)
David Allan Coe David Allan Coe ... Ike Plummer
Bob Mclean ... Chris (as Bob McLean)


Story follows a stagecoach ride through Old West Apache territory. On board are a cavalry man's pregnant wife, a prostitute with a broken heart, a Marshal taking in his prisoner Johnny Ringo, a crooked gambler, and the infamous Doc Holliday. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A movie about how the Wild West was really won !


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

18 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stagecoach See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mary Crosby's father, Bing Crosby, was one of the stars in the 1966 version of Stagecoach. He played Doc Boone. See more »


Many scenes that are depicting the same time and place have totally different sky conditions. Some are clear blue others are completely overcast of mostly overcast. See more »


Henry Gatewood: But, what do you do?
Ringo: I mind my own business. You oughta try it some time.
Henry Gatewood: Why?
Ringo: It's not near as dangerous as the way you're livin' now.
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Version of Stagecoach (1966) See more »

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A quartet of legends
13 January 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The iconic characters of Ernest Haycox's Stage To Lordsburg is given yet another remake with four country/western legends in the cast. Kris Kristofferson is the Ringo Kid, with Johnny Cash as the US Marshal, Willie Nelson is Doc Holiday, and Waylon Jennings as the gambler Hatfield. It's not the desert poetical version that John Ford made, but this can hold its own.

As you can see the doctor on the trip is the famous true life Doc Holiday instead of the inebriated former Union Army surgeon that Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar playing in the first version. There are other plot changes as well.

However without the showdown of Ringo Kid with Luke Plummer and the Apache attack on the moving coach this would not be Stagecoach and rest assured it is most definitely included. They are staged well if different from the 1939 and 1966 versions.

Others in the cast are John Schneider as the driver and he's not the comic figure that Andy Devine was. Anthony Newley is the whiskey salesman and Anthony Franciosa is the banker Gatewood who makes a very sudden decision to travel just as in the original.

The women are Elizabeth Ashley as Dallas the saloon girl and Mary Crosby plays the pregnant army captain's wife Mrs. Mallory. Her father Bing Crosby was Doc Boone in the 1966 remake.

The quartet of legends makes this one really work.

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