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Sam Peckinpah's first realized film and arguably still his best., 26 July 2005
How the AFI missed this as one the Top 100 Movies, I'll never know. In
a film career of peaks and valleys, I think this is STILL Peckinpah's
best work. It contains all of the themes from the Wild Bunch, Cable
Hogue and Junior Bonner, and while it does not possess the depth or
complexity of the Wild Bunch, in some ways it works even better. Every
character rings true, the photography is superb, and the writing
matches that. Just a great, great film, and without the violence, and
sometime- bitterness associated with Peckinpah's works. It is Randolph
Scott's last film, and Mariette Hartley's first. He is riveting, and
she is charming.