Martin Ritt (1967)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Paul Newman said that his best movies all start with an "H", and this fine, grim western bears him out, though it's not quite in the same league as The Hustler or Hud. This is a Stagecoach variation, assembling differing characters for a trek through Arizona, played by a very distinguished cast including veteran Fredric March and a gnarled Richard Boone. Only import Diane Cilento (Sean Connery's ex-wife and Jason Connery's mother) seems ill-at-ease in a pivotal role. The movie is beautifully shot by veteran photographer James Wong Howe, and Newman's famed piercing blue eyes have seldom been more prominently featured. The plot has many valid points to make about incipient racism, and the film is deeply rewarding.


A white man raised by Apaches joins a stagecoach on a journey across the Arizona desert, but is treated with scorn by his fellow passengers because of his background. However, when they are attacked by bandits, he is the first to stand up and defend the people who hate him. Western, starring Paul Newman, Richard Boone, Fredric March, Diane Cilento and Cameron Mitchell.

Cast & Crew

John Russell Paul Newman
Favor Fredric March
Grimes Richard Boone
Jessie Diane Cilento
Braden Cameron Mitchell
Adra Favor Barbara Rush
Billy Lee Peter Lazer
Doris Maggie Blye
Mendez Martin Balsam
Steve Early Skip Ward
Mexican bandit Frank Silvera
Lamar Dean David Canary
Director Martin Ritt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video