The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Film poster
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Produced by Ronald M. Cohen
Dennis Shryack
Written by Ronald M. Cohen
Dennis Shryack
Music by William Lava
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edited by Howard Deane
Distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Release dates
  • November 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is a 1969 American western film directed by Burt Kennedy.[1] It stars Robert Mitchum and George Kennedy.[2]


Jim Flagg is the marshal in the town of Progress. He hears arch-rival John McKay is headed toward town so he warns Mayor Wilker and others in Progress about rumor of a robbery. Wilker doesn't appreciate Flagg causing a panic and relieves him of his badge.

Flagg sets out on his own and discovers McKay has joined up with a band of youthful outlaws. After being taken prisoner, Flagg escapes death thanks to McKay's intervention, but the two old enemies end up in a bloody fistfight.

Taken back to town, Flagg puts McKay in a boarding house run by Mary, a widow. When the outlaws arrive, intent on robbing a train, McKay sides with Flagg in defeating their plans.



The movie was filmed on location in Chama, New Mexico, and other locations in New Mexico, Thousand Oaks, California, Silverton, Colorado, and the Warner Bros. Burbank Studios, California.


Howard Thompson of the New York Times said, "Whatever possessed these three actors (Mitchum, Kennedy and Balsam) to amble through such a dinky prairie oyster stumps us. And so does the uncertain tone of the picture, methodically directed by Burt Kennedy, which only toward the end asserts itself, clearly and lamely, as a good-natured spoof."[3] Thompson, however, did praise Harry Stradling Jr.'s cinematography.

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