Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his ... See full summary »
A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully-boy tactics make him think ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson
A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.
During the Civil War Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison and head for the Mexican border. Along the way they kill a Union courier who has a message that the war is over. Keeping the message a secret, the Captain has his men go on and they soon find themselves in a battle with the Union search party who also is unaware of the war's end. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Harry Joe Brown wrote a personal check to Columbia Pictures for $1,000,000 to cover the costs of going over budget. See more »
Early on, the Union and Confederate troopers are armed with single shot breech loading carbines, but in the final battle scene, all of a sudden, everyone is armed with Winchester repeating rifles that do not exist in 1865. See more »
I first saw this movie at the drive-in theater with my folks, when I was 7 years old. It affected me deeply, because this was the first "serious" western I had seen. Oh, sure, TV westerns had their serious moments, but most of them had healthy doses of comedy and I was just getting to the age when the good guys and the bad guys weren't so cut and dried. Plus, Jethro was in it, so it's probably pretty funny. Surprise! Still, I was glued to the screen and completely taken in by the story. Now, having finally seen it again on Encore, I still think it's pretty good. There are some major editing problems, but the acting is very good, and the dichotomy of the war is very present and really makes one think about the futility of our civil war. I didn't remember much over the years, except that the ending really struck me, and it still does, 41 years later. Maybe I'm just a sucker for westerns, but I'd really like to see this on a fully restored DVD. Oh, and as a musician, as well as a fan of Mundell Lowe's jazz stuff, his score here was intrusive and inappropriate. It sounded more like a rah-rah WWII score.
But stay with this one to the end. Maybe it'll stick with you for 40 years, too.
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