Matt Dillon apprehends Virgil Bonner and brings him in to stand trial. Bonner is wanted for murder and he is found guilty and sentenced to hang. His older brother, Jude Bonner, leads a band of outlaws known as the Dog Soldiers and he swears to have his revenge if his brother is hung. To back up his threat he takes Miss Kitty hostage and threatens to kill her. Matt must try to get a stay of execution from the Governor in order to save Kitty.
Did You Know?
The final fight between Matt Dillon and Jude Bonner takes place outdoors on location (check out the sunlight), but almost all the reaction shots of onlookers (including one of director Gunnar Hellstrom in costume as a "dog soldier" were filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles (check out the lighting). Festus also pops up from behind a huge rock that is seen for the first time when he appears (and is not around when the scene cuts away to a group shot). See more