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The Deadly Companions (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 16 February 1962 (Sweden)
An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writers:

Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Hara ... Kit Tildon
Brian Keith ... Yellowleg
Steve Cochran ... Billy Keplinger
Chill Wills ... Turk
Strother Martin ... Parson
Will Wright ... Doctor Acton
James O'Hara ... Cal, General Store (as Jim O'Hara)
Peter O'Crotty ... Mayor of Hila City
Billy Vaughan ... Mead Tildon Jr.
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Storyline

The Civil War Yankee sergeant Yellowleg saves the cheater Turkey from hanging after a card game, and together with Turk's gunslinger buddy Billy Keplinger, they ride together to Gila City with the intention of heisting a bank. When other bandits rob a store, Yellowleg shoots at the outlaws and accidentally kills the son of the cabaret dancer Kit Tilden and the grieving woman decides to bury her son in the town of Siringo in Apache country where her husband is buried. Yellowleg Enlists Billy and Turkey to escort Kitty and the coffin through the dangerous land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Deadly! Hate and revenge were all he lived for! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Trigger Happy See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Pathé-Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The corresponding novel written by screenwriter Albert Sidney Fleischman actually came after, rather than before, the finished script. At producer Charles B. Fitzsimons's request, Fleischman, himself a previously published novelist of some note, proceeded to novelize his own screenplay in order to gauge potential demand. The resulting work would sell 500,000 copies in the space of four months, more than enough to get the cameras rolling. See more »

Goofs

When the posse takes Turk captive, they put him on a horse with a rifle in the boot and with his hands cuffed in front of himself. See more »

Quotes

Kit Tilden: It's strange - I feel I know better than any man I've ever known, yet I hardly know you at all.
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Featured in Passion & Poetry: The Early Sam (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
Song by Marlin Skiles & Charles B. Fitzsimons
Sung by Maureen O'Hara
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Foreshadows his later works
4 August 1999 | by Orri-4See all my reviews

Peckinpah is getting to what he later mastered in movies such as Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid; outlaws with deep emotional scars who live in the past and wander around like the Flying Dutchman. The scar is made physical as Yellowleg is unable to raise his arm when shooting, which leads to a tragic accident. In Deadly Companions we also see similar character as Bob Dylan played in Pat Garrett; the little boy playing his harmonica. Deadly Companions is a bit clumsy a movie, sometimes it is difficult to see what is actually going on, but the story is good and the characters are real. It's a must see for Peckinpah fans.


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