Filmmaker of a second line, that rarely met a success that would emerge - except for the overrated "Summer of 42" - and put him on a fairer position, Mulligan made with a few stars of the 60's films with a very careful lyricism, where the emblematic figures of the actors were limited by a solid construction of their characters, debtors of a literary universe, with a straightforward cinematographic writing.
Horton Foote adapted his own play here in this film by Robert Mulligan. Lee Remick is well cast as a woman who travels to renew a life with her paroled husband played by a not so well cast McQueen. This boy-man nevers seems to even try to overcome his inner demons despite having a chance at a life with a wife and little girl. Don Murray is good as the stoic sheriff but hard to look past McQueen's one note enactment.