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Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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.


Release details

105 mins

Cast and crew

Burt Kennedy
Burt Kennedy
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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