This ridiculous fantasy of the "Old West" may as well take place in a galaxy far, far away. The characters and relationships are contrived and clichéd. Leigh Brackett's dialogue is just plain wacky. Nice sets though.
Pretty much perfect. Has everything that makes me love watching Howard Hawks films. I could imagine watching this at any time and enjoying myself. You see "hang out" movies made nowadays with older male actors enjoying themselves, but they all pale in comparison to Hawks' films. Three of my favourite actors (I wish James Caan was in more great films) at the top of their game, plenty of hilarious moments throughout.
Michele Carey's hair, Charlene Holt's fishnet stockings, John Wayne riding backwards, James Caan's rifle, Robert Mitchum's bath and aging heroes refusing to die: a lot of good stuff here deserving to be seen again and again.
Its not Rio Bravo. Now that that's out of the way this is a fine film and purely Hawksian one addressing the issues of getting older and maintaining professionalism. There's a little too much goofing around in the end but one aspect of the film that hardly gets mentioned is the film's violence becoming more graphic. Mitchum is excellent even if the material he has to work with isnt all that strong.Must see.