Like a precursor to Wake in Fright. The West as a place of senseless violence and rape, where any naïve newcomer will be brutally plugged one way or another. A baby-faced and peaceful gunslinger, a fresh-faced girl lured into prostitution w/ false job offerings, and a round-faced Audie Murphy as a devilish but weary Jesse James. Never seen a Western so openly acknowledge romanticized brothels as sex trafficking.
Bleak and uncompromising, Boetticher presents us with a west that takes no prisoners, everyone who doesn't play by the rules either up dead or as a whore. However, it's probably his weakest, completely uncharacteristic or him and to think this is the same guy who made the Ranown Cycle just doesn't feel right, 3/5