Left to die in the desert by his wife and her lover, a businessman fights to survive and get his revenge.



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Cast overview:
Richard Damian
Kay Damian
Andy Folsom
Eliot Frost
Sheriff Peter Geeson
Bill Catching ...
Joe Duncan
Len Felber ...


In the company of his wife Kay and Andy Folson, their guide, Richard Damian ventures on horseback into the desert with a view to locating a manganese mine he intends to buy. Unable to bear the rigors of travel, Richard has a violent altercation with Kay. Frightened, his horse rears up and makes him fall into a ravine. Richard, who realizes his leg is broken, asks for help but Kay and Andy decide to abandon him to his fate... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

30 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Feuerprobe  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was the last appearance that James Stacy made before losing his left arm and left leg in a 1973 motorcycle accident involving a drunk driver. See more »


When Damian climbs back up the cliff to loosen the rope he had tied, he carries all his equipment with him. Why? He's only going to climb back down again. See more »


Remake of Inferno (1953) See more »

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Remember those great ABC movies-of-the-week??
26 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Cold, unhappy Diana Muldaur schemes with young lover James Stacy to leave her overbearing husband stranded in the middle of the Mojave desert with a broken leg. Who of us cannot wonder: Could this happen to me? Could I survive if it did? Arthur Hill is the perfect chap for this rigorous acting workout: he's an Everyman, a survivor, and I sure wanted him to belt that broad when he had the chance. Muldaur made a career out of playing unlikable women, and yet I always admired her skill. Intelligent, glamorous, stylish with scarves in her red hair, I was never unconvinced by a performance she gave. I long for the days when ABC-TV produced classy, intriguing dramas for their prime-time spots. Whether it was Cloris Leachman in "Dying Room Only", Amanda Blake being driven crazy in "Betrayal", or conniving Stella Stevens in "Linda", they were usually worth-watching. Bravo to "Ordeal", another fine telefilm from the 1970s.

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