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The Deadly Companions (1961)

Approved | | Western | 1961 (UK)
Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

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Kit Tildon
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Yellowleg
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Billy Keplinger
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Turk
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Parson
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Cal, General Store (as Jim O'Hara)
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Mayor of Hila City
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Mead Tildon Jr.
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Storyline

The Civil War Yankee sergeant Yellowleg saves the cheater Turkey from hanging after a card game, and together with Turk's gunslinger buddy Billy Keplinger, they ride together to Gila City with the intention of heisting a bank. Yellowleg has a scar on the head from a man that tried to scalp him and he has been on the trail of his attacker for five years. When other bandits rob a store, Yellowleg shoots at the outlaws and accidentally kills the son of the cabaret dancer Kit Tilden and the grieving woman decides to bury her son in the town of Siringo in Apache country where her husband is buried. Yellowleg Enlists Billy and Turkey to escort Kitty and the coffin through the dangerous land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Unholy Alliance

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Trigger Happy  »

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Trivia

"Yellowleg" is likely to be a reference to the yellow strip down the trousers of Union cavalry troops. See more »

Goofs

When Brian Keith leaves Maureen behind so he can steal a horse from the Apaches she is alone in Apache territory. While he is gone she strips off and takes a bath in a pond and Brian comes back and she's out swimming around with outlaws and Apaches lurking about. See more »

Quotes

Yellowleg: You don't know me well enough to hate me that much. Hating is a subject I know a little something about. You got to be careful it don't bite you back. I know somebody who spent five years looking for a man he hated. Hating and wanting revenge was all that kept him alive. He spent all those years tracking that other man down, and when he caught up with him, it was the worst day of his life. He'd get his revenge all right, but then he'd lose the one thing he had to live for.
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Title Song
Song by Marlin Skiles & Charles B. Fitzsimons
Sung by Maureen O'Hara
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Foreshadows his later works
4 August 1999 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Peckinpah is getting to what he later mastered in movies such as Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; outlaws with deep emotional scars who live in the past and wander around like the Flying Dutchman. The scar is made physical as Yellowleg is unable to raise his arm when shooting, which leads to a tragic accident. In Deadly Companions we also see similar character as Bob Dylan played in Pat Garrett; the little boy playing his harmonica. Deadly Companions is a bit clumsy a movie, sometimes it is difficult to see what is actually going on, but the story is good and the characters are real. It's a must see for Peckinpah fans.


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