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An accidental nerve gas leak by the military kills not only a rancher's livestock, but also his son. When he tries to hold the military accountable for their actions, he runs up against a wall of silence.

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George C. Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Dan Logan
Richard Basehart ... Dr. Roy Caldwell
Martin Sheen ... Maj. Holliford
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Spencer (Public Health Service)
Nicolas Beauvy Nicolas Beauvy ... Chris Logan
Paul Stevens ... Col. William Franklin
Stephen Young ... Maj. Reintz
Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Alan A. Nickerson
Robert Walden ... Dr. Tom Janeway
William Jordan William Jordan ... Maj. Coopr
Dabbs Greer ... Dr. Thompson
John Dierkes ... Bill Parker
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Sarah Parker
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... J.T. 'Spike' Boynton (veterinarian)
Ed Lauter ... Simpson
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Storyline

In Wyoming, sheep rancher Dan Logan and his teenage son Chris camp out on their land. Their sheep are grazing about while the sheep dog is guarding them. An Army helicopter is seen buzzing around but shortly disappears. Dan sleeps in his tent while Chris sleeps under the stars. In the morning, Dan finds Chris convulsing, unresponsive and bleeding from the nose while his sheep are dead. Dan races to the hospital where the doctors isolate his son and test Dan for signs of illness. A young Army doctor, Major Holliford, working at the hospital as a specialist in biochemical sciences, asks Dan about Chris's symptoms. He suggests that it could be insecticide poisoning. Dan remains in the hospital as a preliminary precaution but the hospital refuses to release him or to allow him to see his son. After a week of lies and delaying tactics from the part of the hospital staff, Dan escapes and finds his son's dead body at the morgue. He vows to find out the truth and punish those responsible. Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Sed de Venganza See more »

Filming Locations:

Nogales, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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George C. Scott appeared in other films with actors from this film. Paul Stevens played Colonel Codman in "Patton." Robert Walden appeared with Scott in "Hospital" as did Barnard Hughes. See more »

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Dan Logan: [sobbing] Goddamn it. Goddamn it!
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When Dan opens the door to the hospital's morgue, it is pitch dark inside, yet he immediately knows where to reach for the light switch and turns the lights on. See more »

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Unpleasant and not as effective as it could have been.
20 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

George C. Scott plays a rancher who, along with his son, is exposed to a chemical weapon due to a mistake the Army made. However, instead of being up front about it, the military places doctors on the case (Barnard Hughes and Martin Sheen) who lie continually to the man...not letting him know that his son had died and that his prognosis is grim. When he does discover they've been lying to him, he decides to go out in a blaze of glory...with a series of violent attacks in order to try to get the faceless military to pay for their crimes.

While the plot is good, the execution isn't. It's simply a guy going Rambo and killing a few people in a somewhat pointless rampage. The overall feeling is grim and awful and it's a movie no one can enjoy. Now I am NOT saying a film about chemical weapons need to be fun....but it should have more depth than this. Violent and depressing.


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