The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) (1961)




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Sam Peckinpah's first feature as director is this modest Western, taking place in the late 1860s. Yellowleg (Brian Keith), a former sergeant in the Union army, is obsessed with tracking down Turk (Chill Wills), a Rebel army deserter who, during the War Between the States, tried to scalp him as he lay wounded on a battlefield. Yellowleg finds Turk and his sidekick Billy (Steve Cochran) in a cantina and convinces them to help him rob a bank. They journey to Gila City, where the bank is located, … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: A.S. Fleischman, A. S. Fleischman, Albert Sidney Fleischman
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On DVD: Mar 8, 2005
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as Kit Tilden

as Yellowleg

as Gambler

as Bartender

as Card Sharp
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

As the deadlier of the refugee criminals, Steve Cochran is almost as mean as his colleague, Chill Wills, is picturesque. Their resourceful efforts would be more effective if the drama, as directed by Sam Peckinpah, did not move at the pace of a hearse.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Rapidly proliferating ideas in a condensed style

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

An interesting start for one of modern American cinema's most brilliant and controversial directors.

Full Review… | August 30, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This film is visually powerful in spots, as it overcomes its routine theme with burning images of lust, greed, and hatred.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)


Extremely underwhelming. The trouble is that there is just too many things here we know about or have seen before. Reminded me a lot of The African Queen, Two Mules for Sister Sara and True Grit...not to mention the fact that Brian Keith is almost a caracature of John Wayne in this. Deadly slow in pace without much to keep you interested, it's difficult to believe Peckinpah made this - but then again, this was his debut as a director so I can't discredit it completely.

Tim Salmons

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A couple of good moments, but everything good gets better in Ride the High Country

Adam Mahler

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