The Runaway Barge (1975)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Sea Adventure  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this feature-length pilot for an unsold TV series, Bo Hopkins, Tim Matheson and Jim Davis star as Ezel, Owens, and Buckshot, three men carving out a living as the owners of a Mississippi river tugboat. Balancing comedy with melodrama, the story manages to involve our heroes with a gang of hijackers and kidnappers. The film originally aired March 24, 1975, on NBC. For its subsequent overseas release, The Runaway Barge was retitled River Bandits.

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Americana, bad-guy, gambling, good-guy, kidnapping, riverboat, robbery