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About the Movie
When Sabbath town-boss Vincent Bronson (Cobb) and his drunken ranch hands unwittingly kill an old man in Bannack, everyone knows it was an accident. Everyone, that is, except Bannack's marshal, Jered Maddox (Lancaster). A tough, no-nonsense man of the law, Maddox is determined to bring the killers to justice. Trailing them back to Sabbath, Maddox makes his intentions clear: "I'm gonna take these men back with me," he vows, "or kill them where they stand." So when Bronson sends word that he wants to make a deal, the inflexible Maddox refuses, a decision that forces Bronson's men to let their guns do the talking. But Jered Maddox is not a man to back down...he'll bring these desperate killers back to Bannack, his way. Dead or alive.
what-else to say that anybody who claims to be an amateur of western should have seen this movie; it is a classic with Burt L. in one of his best roles, a movie which forms part of the great western's heritage, it was released just one year after two other classics "Rio Lobo" and "Chisum", a must see.
Darker and Harder
Much darker than other westerns of this period… Lancaster's role is an antihero with whom it is hard to sympathize, facing a "villain" in Cobb who seems as much in the right as the wrong. A tale of how character and circumstance seldom combine in clear categories of good and evil. In that sense it presages Eastwood's Unforgiven by 20 years.