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Our law officers begin their day roaming the Southwest Texas desert, installing seismic devices designed to detect the flow of illegal aliens. Way out in the far reaches of his sector, Logan discovers a Jeep buried in sand. When he digs it out he finds a skeleton, a bag containing $800,000 in cash, Texas plates dated 1963, and a gun case containing a rifle with a telescopic sight Later, they learn from a coin shop owner that one of the bills in the bag was printed in Dallas. The men have no idea what they have discovered. (Beam us up, Scotty.

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Kristofferson relies largely on persona. Williams spends most of the film shouting. It is left to durable characters like Blossom (Reuben, Reuben) and the great Rip Torn (wasted in the role of a sheriff) to provide some meager seasoning. It's a passable movie. Those willing to trade a little implausibil-ity for some pleasing desert photography and 100 minutes in air conditioning won't be cheated.

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