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Adapted from EL Doctorow's novel, Kennedy's film casts a cold eye on the career of a one-horse frontier town, from its initial destruction by an itinerant hellraiser (Ray), through its redevelopment (initiated by a travelling whorehouse) and final near-extinction by the returning villain. Intriguing for its use of Fonda, whose personal cowardice is responsible for the town's internal death wish, and whose peace-making liberal intentions bring about the nihilistic ending: three-quarters of the population lying dead among the smoking ruins. There's also an immaculate cast of standard Western supporting actors. CPea.

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Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Burt Kennedy
Screenwriter: Burt Kennedy
Cast: Henry Fonda
Janice Rule
Keenan Wynn
Janis Paige
John Anderson
Warren Oates
Fay Spain
Edgar Buchanan
Aldo Ray
Denver Pyle
Lon Chaney
Royal Dano
Elisha Cook
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