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The Deadly Companions (1961)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  1961 (UK)
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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
Steve Cochran ...
Billy Keplinger
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Turk
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Parson
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Doctor Acton
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Cal, General Store (as Jim O'Hara)
Peter O'Crotty ...
Mayor of Hila City
Billy Vaughan ...
Mead Tildon Jr.
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The veteran Civil War Yankee officer Yellowleg saves the cheater Turk in a card game, and together with the gunslinger Billy Keplinger, they ride together to Gila City with the intention of heisting a bank. Yellowleg has a war 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 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 Apache country Siringo, where her husband is also buried. Yellowleg calls Billy and Turk to escort Kitty through the dangerous land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Unholy Alliance

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Western

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1961 (UK)  »

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Trigger Happy  »

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2.35 : 1
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The producers found it very difficult to get financial backing for the picture due to subject matter, eg: carrying a dead child in a coffin throughout the film. They refused to change the story. Based on the success of the novel, Yellowleg, on which the film is based, Pathe America was persuaded to co-finance the film along with the Theater Owners of America. See more »

Quotes

Kit Tilden: It's strange - I feel I know better than any man I've ever known, yet I hardly know you at all.
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Title Song
Song by Marlin Skiles & Charles B. Fitzsimons
Sung by Maureen O'Hara
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Essential Peckinpah
24 September 2007 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

It's time this movie took its rightful place in Peckinpah's career. Some discussions of the director don't even mention it, and I suspect that's partly because of its relative unavailability. At least it needs to be seen before making generalizations about his treatment of women, as O'Hara's character is his only strong dramatic female character (echoed later by Stella Stevens' good-time gal in the whimsical Ballad of Cable Hogue). It also shows his gentle, lyrical side in a serious context, which is an important counterweight to the brutality he's famous for. And it might provide a point of entry for those who otherwise find his work off-putting.

I wonder if some of the negative comments here were based on poor video copies of the film. I just saw the new UK DVD release of a beautiful widescreen print, and it shows Peckinpah already a master of the 'scope frame (one example: the angles on Wills and Cochran on horseback following Keith and O'Hara pulling the coffin, casually insinuating the interplay of threat and vulnerability in the midst of the harsh landscape). His distinctively offbeat editing rhythms are evident from the first scene, but of course they would be mangled into gibberish in a pan-and-scan version.


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