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Sadistic low-budget thriller about newlyweds Dack Rambo and Rebecca Danna Smith who are pursued and terrorized by a pair of rural killer rapists... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dack Rambo ... David Webb
Rebecca Dianna Smith ... Jill Binghamton Webb

John Beck ... Lee

Pat Hingle ... Mr. Binghamton

Roy Jenson ... Sandy

David Huddleston ... Pete Carroll aka Barnett
Jay Robinson ... Ruskin

Dennis Patrick ... John Kenmore
Jim Boles ... Uncle Everett

Dennis Burkley ... Bubba

Patrick Cranshaw ... Old Bail Boy
Angela Clarke ... Lady in the Park
Jack Perkins ... Carl

Bob Steele ... Charlie
Richard O'Brien ... Sheriff

Walter Koenig ... Deputy Sheriff

Directed by
Elliot Silverstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lawrence Block  book
S. Lee Pogostin 

Produced by
Hugh Benson .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
Casting by
Lee Schaff Guardino 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey 
Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judy Alexander)
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Baxley .... second unit director
Ronald Martinez .... second assistant director
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Art Department
Carl Beondé .... property master (as Carl Beonde)
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt double
Patty Elder .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Morton C. Thompson .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dennis Fill .... wardrobe
Music Department
William Saracino .... music editor
Other crew
Paul Baxley .... action sequence coordinator
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Joyce Selznick .... talent consultant

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95 min | USA:96 min (Republic Pictures Distribution copy)
Color (Metrocolor)
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Director Nicolas Roeg dropped out after the first five days of shooting and was replaced by Elliott Silverstein.See more »
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A honeymoon to forget., 24 October 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

An early prototype for things to come? I know it was completely different to what I was originally expecting. A rural shocker in something of a survival mode, but in the end it was a stormy drama of horrific elements and sombre tones.

David (who just came back from spending two years in Vietnam) and Jill have just been married, and on that day they flee the reception at her family's plantation to escape from her father's protective leash and his displeasure of her marrying a 'Yankee'. On their way to New Orleans for their honeymoon, they stop off at bayou motel where they witness a murder. While trying to flee, they're discovered by the hit men, as David is knocked out and Jill pleading for his life is raped. They arrive in New Orleans, but the scarring ordeal has really hit Jill hard, and causes an uncomfortable rift between the couple. So David goes about trying to track down the killers.

Rather than being a straight-forward low-budget revenge film magnifying the violence and profanity like plenty of grindhouse exploitation features of this ilk accustomed themselves in the mid to latter end of this decade, director Elliot Silverstein's late-night, southern slice while remaining gristly durable and still lingering on a sadistic front, chooses to rather imply it, letting the dark, moody atmospherics of the character's genuine transformations infuse the uneasy emotions and confronting tension in very slow-measured style that has a worthwhile pay-off.

This works because of the carefully laid out script of the gloomy social commentary ("No one cares") and examining the unremitting affects and pain that go to trouble and engulf the newly wedded couple (the husband angrily seeking retribution and the wife being traumatically unbalanced) and secondly because of the seamless performances by a hard boiled Dack Rambo and the ravishing Rebecca Dianna Smith as David and Jill. Also a gleaming John Beck is fantastic as the aggressively unhinged hit-man / rapist and Pat Hingle is always a delight as Jill's protective father. Jay Robinson kicks in with a small, but colourful part. However the story isn't without its flaws namely that of many open ended plot ties. Director Silverstein's efficient direction is boldly compact making perfect use of the vivid locations to stage the conflicting dramas and pressured induced suspense (plenty of nocturnal sequences). Elmer Bernstein's raucously brooding score leaves a mark.

Amiably effective in its shaming psychological make-up.

Ps. Seeing that director Nicolas Roeg was originally tagged to the project, before leaving after only 5 days into the shoot would've made it interesting to see what he could have made of the material.

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