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Actors: Paul Hogan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly D'Angelo, Pat Hingle, L.Q. Jones

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Australian outlaw "Lightning Jack Kane" is "the fastest gun alive" in the American Wild West, and the only one of Cole Younger's gang to escape after robbing the Junction City Bank. Yet Marshal Dan Kurtz sees him as a brainless no-account, not worth chasing now that the Younger brothers are gone. Insulted, Jack sets out to make himself an outlaw legend.

When his solo attempt to rob the Bank of South Fork is wrecked by a slew of witnesses, he gallops away with a merchant's mute ward - Ben Doyle - as a hostage. Ben is free to go when the posse danger passes, but opts to tag along. As they hit the Bank of City Merchants together, nervous Ben shoots his own boot, and they depart to a chorus of laughter. Jack's lessons begin. He teaches Ben how to ride safely through Indian territory; how to shoot a gun; how to exude confidence.

Meanwhile, back in Junction City, Marshal Kurtz notices that Jack is making headlines, and fears that his own bid for governor is threatened for having let him escape. Soon, Jack's saloon girl Lana informs Jack that he is wanted, dead or alive, for a bounty of $200.00. Again, he feels insulted: He thinks he's worth more than that. Jack plans one last big robbery in order to fund keeping his 9-year promise to take Lana away for a fresh start. He leaves with Ben, promising to return for her at the end of the month.

Their target is Junction City. It is a rich "big city" bank, and on the day they plan to hit it, it will be the deposit point for a huge cattle auction. Besides, who'd expect Lightning to strike twice in the same place? It's a good plan, but there are obstacles. In another town along the way, Jack uses his speedy gun to defend Ben from a gunfighter in a saloon, and is thrown in jail. Ben torches the jail to free him, but the network of lawmen searching for them is closing in. When they arrive in Junction City, its new Association for Law and Order is ready to nip any crime in the bud. And another gang has chosen the same day to rob the same bank.   
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   robbing bank    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Australian

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   None

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