Billy the Kid becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his ... See full summary »
Odd Western about racial intolerance focuses around Kiowa claim that the Zachary daughter is one of their own, stolen in a raid. The dispute results in other whites' turning their backs on the Zacharys when the truth is revealed by Mother. Murphy plays Cash, the hotheaded brother who reacts violently to learning his "sister" is a "red-hide Indian." He leaves the family but returns to help them fight off an Indian raid during which Hepburn kills her Kiowa brother, thus choosing sides once and for all. Written by
According to Audie Murphy's biographer Don Graham, the script called for Burt Lancaster to slap him. That enraged the war hero to such a degree that witnesses thought that Murphy, who carried a gun, might have killed Lancaster under different circumstances. John Huston eventually defused the situation. See more »
In the search scene in the desert, at high winds, when the two cowboys try to reach for the cactus' protection, the horse's mane dangles like if there was no wind at all. See more »
[yelling at a cow eating grass growing on the Zachary family's roof]
Shoo now! Shoo! Ain't you got no better manners than to eat at the top of a house?
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Audrey Hepburn, from the indian tribe from south of london.
I am in no way criticizing the film by saying this, but what kind of accent is that by Audrey Hepburn. It's not that her performance is bad, no, it's great. But Audrey Hepburn could never sound like she should be in a western. She does seem to try hard at it, but she can't shake away the French/Posh English/Cockney accent. But who really cares in the end. It must be really difficult for an actress to look really good on the set of a western, with all that dust and everything, but she looks real good.
Another reason why I like this movie is because of Audie Murphy. Sure, ol' Burt is a pro at this kind of thing, but he'll never be as cool as Audie Murphy. He's the one with the most conflicts, "My sister, an injian!?!?!", then he goes off drunk to his girlfriend Georgia. When she begs him to marry her, "I'm Drunk, but I not THAT drunk." Ha! Ha!
The film also has genuinely tense and frightening moments, and we owe most of these moments to Joseph Wiseman, playing Abe, the guy with the sword. He didn't even blink, and that eye just stares right at you, but seems to be out of focus at the same time like it's looking right through you. It wouldn't be that surprising to see something like that in recent films, because they've done psychos and demon-possessed aplenty since the seventies. But in 1960, it probably was real scary.
Saying it like the 'injians': FILM GOOD, YOU GO, SEE FILM.
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