Charlie ‘Bubber’ Reeves, with only a few months left on his prison sentence, breaks out with a violent older inmate. That inmate kills a traveling salesman to get his car. The innocent Bubber, a framed victim, is left on foot to continue his escape. He aims to return to his Texas hometown to seek justice and reveal some town secrets. His wife Anna is with the married Jake Rogers, their childhood friend. Jake’s the son of the local oil and cattle baron Val Rogers, who is locked into a loveless marriage of convenience. Everyone in town is affected by Bubber’s return, and all react in fear. One of Rogers’ timid and vile bank VPs, Edwin Stewart, fears Bubber is headed back to settle an old score from a childhood incident. Val fears that Jake will be harmed by Bubber because he’s having an affair with his wife. Bubber’s clueless and loathsome parents fear that their boy, whom they consider wild but not bad, will be killed by the sheriff on orders from the influential Val Rogers. There’s also a convention going on that Saturday night and the whole town is drunk from partying. It’s only the stalwart Sheriff Calder who stands alone against mob rule and tries to bring back Bubber to jail without any harm. And, it’s only Calder’s loyal wife Ruby who stands by his side. —Ozu’s World Movie Reviews
Once the vanguard of 1960s-1970s Hollywood New Wave, director Arthur Penn saw his cinematic fortunes decline with the mid-‘70s rise of more straightforward blockbuster entertainment. Even as he struggled through the ’80s and ’90s, however, Penn’s legacy was assured by such films as Little Big Man (1970), Night Moves (1975), and the pivotal masterwork Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
Born in Philadelphia, Penn was trained to follow in his father’s footsteps as a watchmaker, but by high school, he knew he preferred theater. While stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, during World War II, Penn formed a small drama circle with his fellow infantrymen, and continued his education as an actor at school in North Carolina and Italy after the war. Though Penn acted in Joshua Logan’s theater company and studied with Michael Chekhov at the Actors Studio’s Los Angeles branch, he opted for a career behind the scenes when he got a job at NBC TV in 1951. By 1953, Penn was writing and… read more
One of those legendary failures that features a lot of good things...Brando's performance is dynamite and a lot of the supporting cast is too (Fonda, Duvall, Janice Rule, EG Marshall). It's marred by it's slow pace and the woefully miscast Robert Robert (as Bubba?...a role better suited for the likes of Steve McQueen)