The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) (1961)
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Critic Reviews for The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
The plot twists are hokey, but the atmosphere is bleak and tense, and the men's performances nuanced.
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.
An interesting start for one of modern American cinema's most brilliant and controversial directors.
This film is visually powerful in spots, as it overcomes its routine theme with burning images of lust, greed, and hatred.
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Audience Reviews for The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
110913: This could've been a good film if it wasn't so disjointed. Some great actors portraying neat characters, decent picture quality but poor sound, cool costuming - I especially liked Turk's dress and character. The story kind of made no sense but it was very spaghetti western like. Cool a little bit.
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.
A couple of good moments, but everything good gets better in Ride the High Country
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