midnight rider / greg allman
“The Long Riders has been made on faith and idealism.”
– Stacy Keach
The Carradine brothers
as The Youngers …
The Keach brothers
as The James’ brothers …
The Quaid brothers …
as The Miller brothers
The Guest brothers
as The Ford brothers
So who gets Top Bill?
Brothers Randy and Stacy Keach were Cast as Jesse and Frank James – and were also Executive Producers of the Movie.
And Co-Writers of the Movie.
And you’d expect Jesse and Frank James to be the main Characters in the movie. Right?
So the Keach boys should get Top Bill. Right?
The Carradines were Top Billed on the Movie Posters
and on the Film Credits.
WIKIPEDIA: “In order to make the movie, David Carradine forfeited his customary profit participation; the Keach brothers gave up the extra profit percentages they were entitled to as executive producer in order that the Carradine brothers got the same amount of profits. When the film went over its original $7.5 million budget, the Keaches forfeited their executive producer fees. “The Long Riders has been made on faith and idealism,” said Keach.”
In the end, the movie Cost: $10,000,000 (estimated)
and Made: $23,000,000, USA, June 1981.
Incredibly, that very same year, (1980) another Western by United Artists: Heaven’s Gate, completely decimated the company.
It’s one of the most infamous stories in Filmdom where Director Michael Cimino was responsible for massive overruns in budget and time …
(But that’s another story)
Blood Brothers Part 5 next…