A half-American Indian and half-white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.A half-American Indian and half-white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.A half-American Indian and half-white teenager evolves into a hardened killer as he tracks down his parents' murderers.
half-breed teenager throughout this picture as they never really try to age him,but what the hell- it's a classic. Max Sand (Steve) pursues Martin Landau, Karl Malden & Arthur Kennedy who have seen fit to torture and kill his parents. It's no Mission Impossible to get Landau. Malden is no One Eyed Jack here but is a great character. Kennedy helps Max find The Bend in the River but can't ford it. Even Val Avery from Magnificent Seven and Hombre is here as a slimy bartender. Brian Keith treats Max as part of his Family Affair, but no eggrolls are given out.
When Max is recovering at a Kiowan Indian reservation post knifefight, the "Indian" who ministers to him is the famous Italian actor who cried for our damaged environment. Who was Mrs Coe? Wowie! I'd a stuck around to comfort that merry widow.
Gene Evans- rapist/ miner from The Bravados (similar theme as Nevada Smith) plays Max's Dad.
I liked Steve's scenes with Suzanne Pleshette but Strother Martin role is wasted. Guess there was a failure to communicate.
Steve's time in a Louisiana prison colony predates his role in Papillon and Paul Newman's Cool Hand Luke. Newman plays an apparent halfbreed (actually Anglo raised in Mexico then with Apaches) in Hombre.
Seriously a good coming of age inside a western. The required reference to Sonora and Karl Malden cinch it for me. 2015 addition: Max Sand's canned peach snack previously appeared in Season 1 of Wanted Dead or Alive- 1961.
- Apr 30, 2004