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Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives. Written by
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John Ford had a greensman water a cactus overnight to allow it to be squeezed for water. See more »
Shortly after the three riders enter the desert Hightower discovers that Pedro's water bag is empty and throws it away. As they ride away in a long shot, the water bag is still visible on Pedro's horse. See more »
[as Buck and the deputies are chasing the three outlaws, Buck shoots the outlaws' water bag. He then stops chasing them]
Gosh, Marshal, you missed 'em.
Perley 'Buck' Sweet:
They ain't payin' me to kill folks. Them Texas boys are gonna be mighty thirsty before they get to water.
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I'm surprised this one doesn't get more accolades. To me it's really one of the best westerns ever made. This is one of those films that proves that the western genre can produce true art. The filming, the performances -- this is one of Wayne's best it's quite overlooked that this guy could act: The desperation, the confusion, the exhaustion, it's all just amazing.
It's more of a character study than anything else, with the characters facing desperate thirst, an aching empty land, relentless sun, and the movie shows how these men deal with it, all the while they are attempting to care for a child. Something they are ill equipped to do.
There are clear religious elements to the movie, and they make this all the more compelling -- these are not good men, but they have a sense of honor and faith, in their own way. They can't break their word to a dying woman, to care for her child. Their faith in each other is touching.
It's gritty, yet very tender, a strange juxtaposition, like the beauty and cruelty of the desert.
See the movie if you can.
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