After their criminal father is lynched, the Hagens find a treasure - but wander, starving in the desert.

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(original story) (as Donald Cerveris), (screenplay) (as Donald Cerveris)
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Nell Hagen
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Julie Ann Hagen
Allen Richards ...
Kirby Hagen, (as Allan Richards)
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Ritt Hagen
Jim Logan ...
Judd Hagen
Brian Casey ...
Gabe Gately
Leah Cooper ...
Ruth Gately
Neysa Holveck
Jeff Masters
Jesse Bates
Keith Goodwin
John 'Bud' Cardos
Doug Cooper
Tom Cloud
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Evidently an attempt by Mercedes McCambridge to appear in a dumber western than "Johnny Guitar" and she succeeds in the role of Nell Hagen who sets out to retaliate for the hanging of her father Judd, who ruled their valley with an iron hand before the natives revolted. She is accompanied by her brothers, Ritt and Kirby, a hump-backed half-wit, and their sensuous cousin Julie Ann who marries Ritt but gets nekked and seduces Kirby. The family then robs a bank and kills two tellers before dropping in on Charley Gately, leader of the group that hanged old man Hagen, and kills him and his son Gabe and daughter-in-law Ruth. And they head for the border and it gets really mean and nasty. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Four frightened people... bound together - torn apart by their own evil!

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15 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Written by Frank Zappa's high-school teacher. He ask Zappa to compose the score, making this FZ's first paying project. See more »

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So bad it's great!
23 August 2009 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I finally found a DVD bootleg of this movie. I have been trying to see it for 40 years. Of course the version I found looks like it was struck from a third generation VHS copy but it is watchable and uncut. First and foremost the soundtrack is remarkable. Those familiar with Frank Zappa's early work will love it. It runs under most of the dialog and is highlighted in several areas. Mercedes McCambridge gives an A+ performance and is the lone talent in the cast. The screenplay is amateurish but honest. I particularly liked a scene where Mercedes states that "there ain't no blood on my hands" and continues in the same vein for about a minute. After her brother says, "No blood on YOUR hands" she repeats the exact same piece of dialog she just recited, word for word. Technically this is a much better film than several of Warhol, Waters and Wood's early works. The scenes are well thought out, framed and shot well. The audio is also of professional quality. I hope somebody obtains the rights to this film and gets a pristine version out on the market. The budget is nil but the actors all seem sincere and committed. This film deserves to be seen.


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