Joe Don Baker

  • Richard Compton – Welcome Home, Soldier Boys (1971)


    Plot Synopsis
    Discharged from a tour of duty in VietNam, a group of soldiers drives across the
    US to take in the nation they fought for. The country, however, doesn’t want to
    see them, and after being hustled by an attractive hitchhiker, their car breaks
    down in a small town that treats them like dirt. Their revenge makes Rambo’s
    look like a gentile tea party with a stunningly violent climax that you need to
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  • John Flynn – The Outfit (1973)


    The Outfit is a 1973 film directed by John Flynn. It stars Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker and Robert Ryan. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Richard Stark and features a character modeled on Parker, who was introduced in The Hunter.

    Career thief Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) pays no mind to the mobster’s threat. He intends to put a big hurt on an L.A crime outfit. He, his girlfriend (Karen Black) and his partner (Joe Don Baker) will avenge the murder of Macklin’s brother by cutting down gangland operations bit by violent bit. Based on the novel by Point Blank author Richard Stark, The Outfit has a feel and grit that makes it a throwback to film noirs of the 1940s and ’50s. The casting of noir veterans underscores the tone: Robert Ryan, Jane Greer, Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey and Elisha Cook. Hollywood buffs will also enjoy seeing longtime Variety columnist Army Archerd in a bit role.
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