19th Century figure Joaquin Murietta is a formerly wealthy and respected California landowner. However, he has lost his land, his wife, and everything else he held dear. Embittered and questioning his previous faith in God and man, he joins a disparate group of men hired to convey a wealthy man's wife away from the bandit-ridden countryside to safety in San Francisco. Murietta discovers that the convoy is also carrying a treasure of great material and religious value. He finds himself challenged to decide what he believes, and what he should do, in the face of threats to himself, to the convoy, and to the people of southern California. Written by
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Filmed in 1969, not broadcast until 1971. See more
When Murietta finds the statue in the hidden compartment of the coach he scrapes it with his gun to reveal gold. After the others gather and look in the coach there is no mark on the Madonna. See more
Don Miguel Ruiz
I cannot trust them; but greed, Otilia, is dependable.