Here's one of the most thoughtful westerns I've ever seen. In this film, there's a level for everyone. If you're just looking for a simple western, you'll find here the usual sceneries and mean Indians. But if you want to see in this film a reflection about Nature and Civilization, the all-American literary theme, don't count on me to stop you because I also noticed the importance of crevasses here. Masterpiece.
I don't see why everything thinks this is so middling: Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark on a journey through surreal Apache-dappled Mexican landscapes in search of a fortune in gold, sharp script and direction, and an expert command of Cinemascope in its early days.