Roslyn Tabor, recently divorced and disillusioned with life and men, falls in with a group of misfits that includes aging cowboy Gay Langland, heartbroken mechanic Guido, and worn-out rodeo performer Perce Howland. Theese misfits exist strictly for the moment and Roslyn is at first exhilarated living amongst them. The misfits soon develop a plan to capture another type of misfit — wild mustangs considered too small for riding. The mustangs would then be sold to a dog-food manufacturer. Roslyn is appalled by this seemingly brutal destruction of life and the resulting clash between her idealism and the men’s practicality may mean that Roslyn will lose their friendship and the only real love she has so far known in life. —DVDverdict.com
Adventure in many forms is the theme of many of John Huston’s films. His characters are constantly searching for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (the famous closing-line of his debut film The Maltese Falcon). Huston glorified this chase despite its frequent disillusionment and false promise, since it represented a flight from the complacent virtues of ordinary life. Like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad, Huston regarded civilization as a false surface which thinly veiled a hostile nature. Only those who lived at the edge, on the margins of society were regarded by Huston as fellow travellers. In films as diverse as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and Under the Volcano, Huston celebrated men who circled the abyss; characters who are driven to plunge head first into the void.
The son of the great theatre and film actor Walter Huston (who would win an Oscar under his son’s direction for his role in The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and crime journalist Rhea Gore… read more
Although I know Clift lived a few more years, this feels like a swan song for all of the stars. And what a swan song it is. An outstanding film.
It's about the only romantic American theme: loss of seminal values and nostalgia for a time that is not so distant. Ten years before Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, John Huston describes here out of place people looking for a European movie. Masterpiece.
(Sorry about the ad at the end here, but the picture quality on this one beats all the other versions I could find.)"Kevin McCarthy