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
Kirk Douglas assembled the cast and crew through his production company, Joel Productions, recruiting ex-blacklisted Communist Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had written Spartacus (1960), to write the screenplay. 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 was pleasantly surprised to see so many "10" ratings. I thought this was a secret between Kirk Douglas (who used to shop in the wee morning hours at the same supermarket as I did when I lived in Hollywood in the 70s) and I .. I saw a retrospective where he said of all his movies, this was his favorite. On my Top 10 All Time list as well. When the movie came to Texas, where I saw it, I think it barely lasted through the opening weekend before it was pulled. Amazed and pleased that there are so many who have seen it and rated it so highly. Way to go guys.
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