The Deadly Companions

The Deadly Companions

Sam Peckinpah (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
After cutting his teeth on TV shows like Gunsmoke and The Rifleman, Sam Peckinpah made his debut as a movie director with this often gripping psychological western, which concentrates on the interaction of its quartet of key characters before it bursts into violent life on the streets of a ghost town. As the rose between three thorns, Maureen O'Hara is excellent, but it's the posturing between gunmen Brian Keith, Chill Wills and Steve Cochran that holds the attention. The direction is tentative at times, but AS Fleischman's script, from his own novel, is solid as a rock.


A Civil War veteran-turned-bank robber wants to make amends to a woman whose son he accidentally shot. He agrees to escort her on a dangerous journey through Apache territory so she can bury her child alongside her husband, and coerces his partners in crime into joining them. Sam Peckinpah Western, starring Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara.

Cast & Crew

Yellowleg Brian Keith
Kit Tildon Maureen O'Hara
Turk Chill Wills
Billy Keplinger Steve Cochran
Parson Strother Martin
Dr Acton Will Wright
Cal James O'Hara
Mead Tildon Jr Billy Vaughan
Director Sam Peckinpah
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD