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Red Headed Stranger (1986)


William D. Wittliff (screenplay)


Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, R.G. Armstrong
A bible-totin' preacher from out East arrives in wild Montana to spread the Good Word to all. When his wife takes off with another man, he straps on the pistol and extracts his vengeance. Then he must struggle to find his way back to the hallowed life. Willie Nelson plays the preacher and Morgan Fairchild is his inconstant wife.
  • Reverend Shay and his wife travel from the East to Montana so that he can do his good work there. However, when his wife leaves him for another man, the preacher uses his pistol in revenge. After this, he tries to regain his footing on the path to righteousness.
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  1. An Excellent Film

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 3rd 2020

    This is one of my favorite movies. I was glad to find this DVD with such excellent video quality. Willie is at his best in this one. So many good songs that enhance a great storyline. Rare title, Entertaining to watch whether or not your a Willie fan.

  2. A real gem

    Posted by Jon Ted Wynne on Oct 25th 2020

    Willie Nelson’s concept album RED HEADED STRANGER is a first-rate example of how a proven artist with a visionary Idea should be left alone to do what he does best: create!
    Willie Nelson—love him or hate him—became obsessed with the story of a preacher who shoots his unfaithful wife and her lover then spends the next phase of his life wandering in search of redemption.
    The record company Powers That Be were doubtful. Nelson had to fight to make his album his way. After some million or so in sales proved him right, it led to the inevitable—would RED HEADED STRANGER make a good film?
    The answer is yes.
    Nelson’s face is perfect for Westerns, conveying as much “lived in” believability as an old pair of chaps. Contrast that with Morgan Fairchild’s delicate beauty and you just know things between them can’t last. To the filmmakers’ credit, they don’t rush the story, and Fairchild’s fateful decision is not made lightly. Nelson, whose portrayal of the good reverend is entirely believable, masterfully conveys how his frustration and stress finally boils over in his response to his wife’s infidelity.
    For all parties concerned, negative choices, i.e. sin, have their consequences and Nelson is at the forefront of those seeking redemption. The symbolism of the town well, which Nelson helps to dig, despite some stiff opposition, is a powerful reminder of the cleansing purity of the waters of baptism and how to achieve spiritual renewal in the waters of life.
    RED HEADED STRANGER is helped immensely by period-sounding dialogue. When you add to the mix Western stalwarts R.G. Armstrong and Royal Dano to speak the authentic language, you know you’re in for a treat. The 1980s were a pretty dry period for Westerns. RED HEADED STRANGER takes the Western fan down to the nearest creek for a good long drink of cool water.
    The print of this film (the picture quality) is a solid 9 out of 10, in my opinion. My only suggestion would be, if possible, to add the closed captioning option. This is becoming easier to accomplish with ever-broadening technology. Hard of hearing folks like me appreciate it.

  3. a moving western

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 7th 2018

    i am a willie nelson fan, also love romance. songs are great and liked the story line.

  4. Great Western

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 11th 2018

    Great western with excellent picture quality!

  5. Great film

    Posted by Gregory Aguilera on Feb 11th 2018

    Loved this Willie flick. Good action & storyline. Great soundtrack as well.

  6. Just what I was looking for!

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 5th 2018

    This is my favorite western and I am so happy that Zeus offered this classic in DVD form since I don’t own a VHS player anymore. I ordered just before Christmas and the owner still responded promptly to my requests about shipping and delivery. Would do business again. Thanks!

  7. Red Headed Stranger

    Posted by SSGT. Lance Doles on Sep 29th 2017

    This is the ONLY place that I could find this movie that brings back some childhood memories. Great product, fast delivery at a very fair price ! Will do business again with these folks !

  8. Red-Headed Stranger.

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 1st 2017

    First time customer. Product was as described. Good service and fast delivery time. This was the only place I could find a DVD copy of this movie. The quality was excellent.
    Thank you.

  9. Very rare DVD distrubution of this title

    Posted by Wiggy on Jul 28th 2017

    Excellent transfer to DVD. The sound is great. This is a Willie Nelson classic.

  10. Willie Nelson at his best

    Posted by Lynda on Jun 28th 2017

    This movie will keep your attention even though Willie is not a seasoned actor. Of course his songs are always great


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Red Headed Stranger
Directed byWilliam D. Wittliff
Produced byWillie Nelson
William D. Wittliff
Written byWilliam D. Wittliff
StarringWillie Nelson
Morgan Fairchild
Music byWillie Nelson
CinematographyNeil Roach
Edited byStephen Purvis
Eric A. Williams
Distributed byAlive Films
October 31, 1986 (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.8 million

Red Headed Stranger is a 1986 American Westerndrama film written and directed by William D. Wittliff. The film stars Willie Nelson and Morgan Fairchild. It is based on Nelson's albumRed Headed Stranger (1975).


A preacher (Nelson) from the East arrives in Montana to spread the gospel. When his wife (Fairchild) takes off with another man, he straps on his pistol and seeks vengeance. Then he must find a way to redeem himself.


Wittliff met Willie Nelson in the late 1970s. Wittliff was a writer on Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Barbarosa (1982), which both starred Nelson. Nelson played his Red Headed Stranger for Wittliff and Wittliff agreed to write a script based on the musical storyline. Wittliff finished a draft in 1979 and Universal Studiosgreen-lighted the film with a budget of $14 million. The studio wanted Robert Redford to play the 'Red Headed Stranger,' a role Nelson had envisioned for himself. It took two years, but Redford finally turned the part down. Nelson and Wittliff gave back their advances to buy the script back.[1]

HBO took an interest in the script and budgeted $5 million to produce it. Sam Peckinpah was attached to direct the film, but Peckinpah was unhappy with the low budget and left the project. The project died at HBO and Nelson and Wittliff began to raise the $5 million on their own. The budget ended up at $1.8 million, coming from a diverse group of investors including Bud Shrake and Darrell Royal.[1]

Red Headed Stranger began production on April 29, 1985. The main set, a western town nicknamed 'Willieville,' had been built over the previous two years across the road from Nelson's golf course, thirty miles west of Austin, Texas. Most of the filming was done in 'Willieville,' but nine other locations around Central Texas were also used. Production wrapped on June 14, 1985.


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Red Headed Stranger debuted at the Denver International Film Festival in October 1985. Critical response was mediocre and called the movie 'dull' (Variety) and 'an insipid story' (The Denver Post). The film opened in Nelson and Wittliff's home state of Texas, where it received a warmer welcome. The movie then had a limited national release in larger cities such as Seattle, Washington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]


  1. ^ abcAlison Macor. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas University of Texas Press: Austin, 2010.

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