At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.
In order to free his best friend Bondi, Jack Burns lets himself be imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased by sheriff Johnson with helicopters and jeeps. Written by
I agree with Douglas in considering this his best film, in my opinion together with Man Without a Star. He is a lonely cowboy, living a meaningless life, beginning to realize his mistake about the way he lived. When he goes for his last stand, there is something desperate about it. At a certain moment we see Douglas running away from the police in the mountains, together with his horse Whiskey, when they see a wild cat (jaguar?, puma?). It is a memorable scene, because the three of them look sad, surpassed by the times, represented by the highway that is near. This film probably was made in Albuquerque, NM, I think I can recognize the Sandia Mountains on the background.
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