A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »
A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
Reviewers disparaging this film may want to take into account that this was the first film effort of John Milius. Milius (Apocalypse Now, Conan, Jaws, Dirty Harry, 1941, Wind and the Lion etc.) was a 22 year-old film student at USC when he created this animated feature.
It was a student effort. It was not intended to be a finished commercial film.
Although the production is crude, the film deserves judgment on the basis of the depth of its story line. The story line is about the lack of depth and meaning in pop culture in the U.S. at the time (1966).
Milius does not strive to create "pretty" films. He strives for a deep story line, with "powerful and meaningful" images.
This film is the start of his unique style. It is a style that is emerging, after decades, as a unique characteristic of American Film that has had an uncredited influence on filmmakers across the globe for close to fifty years.
This film is important because it was the beginning point for Milius' contribution of a style emphasizing depth and meaning in American popular films.
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