The Deadly Companions

Peckinpah's first film, a not altogether characteristic but nevertheless quirky Western which sees Keith's ex-army sergeant making amends for killing a boy by ferrying his corpse and his mother on a funeral procession through Apache territory. Routine in places, but enlivened by the sardonic characterisation (reminiscent in some ways of Faulkner's superficially similar As I Lay Dying) and by odd moments of visual bravura.

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Screenwriter: Sid Fleischman
Cast: Brian Keith
Maureen O'Sullivan
Chill Wills
Steve Cochran
Strother Martin
Will Wright
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