The Raid

Excellent, factually based Civil War Western, in which Heflin's Confederate officer leads a group of soldiers, with whom he has escaped from a Union prison camp, in a plan to avenge the destruction of Southern communities by first taking over, and then sacking, a Northern town close to the Canadian border. Tension is slowly but surely built up as the men try to infiltrate the township; conflicting emotions arise with Heflin's growing respect for the widow with whom he lodges (Bancroft); and the final, savage massacre is powerfully staged by Fregonese, who makes superb use throughout of Lucien Ballard's typically moody photography. This was the film that served as a springboard for John Arden in writing his play Serjeant Musgrave's Dance.

Release details

Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hugo Fregonese
Screenwriter: Sydney Boehm
Cast: Van Heflin
Anne Bancroft
Richard Boone
Lee Marvin
Peter Graves
Tommy Rettig
James Best
John Dierkes
Claude Akins
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