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½ January 11, 2009
I suspect that the writers and the director (Joseph Mankiewicz) would be better suited for comedic endeavors than serious, dramatic westerns. This is one picture that is far too light-hearted to be taken seriously. Even the violence, and there is lots of it, seems slapstick and frivolous. It's a shame that such a great cast was wasted on shallow, forgettable material.
August 25, 2015
Too unpleasant to be funny. Unsatisfying ending for the big show down. Implied gang rape as an intended joke?
½ December 5, 2014
It's a western! It's a prison flick! It's a comedy! It doesn't know what it is! Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda face off way out in the Arizona desert with Trini Lopez on the soundtrack and a solid cast of character actors (Burgess Meredith, Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates et al.) in support. Douglas is an armed robber who dreams of escape so that he can reunite with his $500K in loot. Fonda is the straight-edge reforming warden who may be too nice for his own good. Lost somewhere between the 1950s and the 1970s with a particularly off-kilter score, the whole may be a little less than the sum of its parts - but there is enough star power and acting chops to keep things trucking along.
½ July 8, 2014
The ending ruined it. It was inconsistent with the light-heartedness of most of the rest of the film e.g. bath time for everyone. Pitman insisted that he was a son of a bitch, but what he did during the escape was still shocking. And Lopeman's final decision was completely out of character.
½ February 7, 2009
A solid little Western that's recommendable if only for its refreshingly cynical sensibilities.
December 14, 2007
A weird kind of movie it's got both the older feel of the western and new feel of the seventies with evil but likeable characters and lots of nudity. Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas are fun to watch. Douglas plays the bad guy with perfection.
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