A rich Texan, J.W. Grant, selects three men and invites them to his private train to offer them a contract: Rescue his wife who has been kidnapped by a Mexican revolutionary. The leader of the men, Rico, decides they would be a better team if Grant would hire one more man, an explosives expert. Grant quickly agrees and soon the four are off to complete the contract. However, while on the trail, they discover some interesting facts, like has Mrs. Grant 'really' been kidnapped?Written by
The "French 75" mentioned in the dialog refers to the 75mm field gun artillery piece, Model 1897, issued by France to America's National Guard during World War I and also used by the Mexican army. See more »
Dolworth rides south down the narrow canyon, scouting ahead of Fardan and the others. He hears a horse from Raza's three-man search party farther south in the canyon. Dolworth hastily turns a cross upside-down in a grave, as a signal to Fardan, and continues riding south, where he is confronted by Raza's three men. Minutes later, Dolworth's team, riding south in the canyon, come upon the upside-down grave marker left by Dolworth. Jake examines the area for horse tracks and tells Fardan that he sees tracks from Dolworth's horse and three others (Raza's men). But Jake could not have seen horse tracks from Raza's men, since they were confronting Dolworth farther south in the canyon, and had not advanced that far north. See more »
Maybe there's only one revolution, since the beginning, the good guys against the bad guys. Question is, who are the good guys?
Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the film, writer and director Richard Brooks, and cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. A western that is beautifully done, and seems to have been overlooked by those who rate Westerns.
A splendid cast with Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou), Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry, From Here to Eternity), Jack Palance (City Slickers, Claudia Cardinale (A Girl in Australia, Il giorno della civetta), and Robert Ryan (Crossfire). Also, of note is Marie Gomez, who got a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Chiquita.
Great action and an excellent script. An enjoyable western classic.
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