1967 Running time: 109 Certificate: pg Rating: 4

Synopsis

Top-notch western starring Charlton Heston as a stoical cowboy who comes to rethink his solitary life after meeting a frontier widow (Joan Hackett). Amongst the array of richly drawn secondary characters, Lee Majors gets trigger happy, Slim Pickens turns nasty, and Donald Pleasance preaches like crazy. Drama with grit.

Director

  • Tom Gries

Cast

  • Charlton Heston

  • Donald Pleasence

  • Joan Hackett

  • Bruce Dern

Review

Charlton Heston is excellent as a middle-aged cowboy offered a rewarding but dangerous new life with a frontier widow and her son in this gritty, impressive Western.

Joan Hackett as the widow forms a strong axis for the action in a touching and warm relationship with Heston, while Donald Pleasence is memorably over the top as a psychotic preacher who darkens their happiness. The fight scenes are red-blooded and raw but the ending is misty-eyed.