Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon,... See full summary »
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
There are clearly two different helicopters used during the filming, and they use their actual registration numbers: N8441E and N8411E. N8411E is a 4-seat Bell 47J-2 Ranger, serial number 1810, built in 1960. N8441E is a 3-seat Bell 47G-3, serial number 2609, also built in 1960.
On July 8th, 1964, N8441E was destroyed near Manson, WA. The accident killed the pilot, the only occupant of the aircraft. The NTSB said that the probable cause for the accident was weather, more specifically updrafts and downdrafts. See more »
During the manhunt, the helicopter pilot says they can't land because "there's no room for the prop". No pilot would call it that; the correct terminology is "rotor". See more »
[to his horse, as he watches jets leave contrails across the sky]
Time we took off, too.
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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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