Peckinpah’s autumnal elegy for the end of the West. Steve Judd and Gil Westrum, en route to picking up a gold shipment at Coarse Gold, must carry a bride there first. Western icons Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, in the final film for each, play former gunfighters uneasily teamed up one last time.
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At the end of your life, remains only one thing to save, your soul.
A la fin de sa vie ne reste plus qu'une chose à sauver, son âme.
Dernière apparition à l'écran des vétérans Joel McCrea & Randolph Scott. L'opposition de 2 "has been" est transcendé par l'image noble qu'ils ont d'eux-mêmes. Résultat un western classique, que rend très moderne la quasi chorégraphie de l'affrontement final. Also starring Warren Oates.
Curious how, like in his first film THE DEADLY COMPANIONS, Sam Peckinpah is already, at the beginning of his career, attracted by a story dealing with the ageing of characters who were once well-known but have problems to belong to the present world. Hence the numerous allusions to an idealized past which was populated by men who had self-respect and who always kept their word. Masterpiece.
I consider this to be Peckinpah's debut film since he had absolutely no outside interference on this one. The result is a stunning film about two old lawmen seeking redemption and would set the tone for later Peckinpah films.
3 Peckinpah westerns in two days, I put this one in the middle. I thought the first hour was quite dull and cliche,the characters didn't seem to have any depth, but once they escaped the marriage it just became a whole new film, the last third was just excellently directed and written, it is such a shame that the first hour (the first two thirds) were so 'normal' because I think that the last half hour, with that
Early Peckinpah, with the passing of the old order a key theme already fully formed in it's director mind; it also contains his most sympathetic portrayal of a female character, although the great Oates steals the film. Best when melancholic; Judd and Westrum ruminating on lost loves and lost times in their longjohns could well be Falstaff and Shallow in the film's best scene. "We have heard the chimes at midnight."
Clean all white western--no blacks, no native Americans! Joel McCrea's character wants to go to the House (read, heaven). Very religious script for a western. Now, did Altman take a leaf from this film's gold diggers' community sequence to make "McCabe and Mrs Miller"?
Deuxième long métrage de l'incontournable metteur en scène Sam Peckinpah, déjà hanté par ses éternels "loosers" fatigués qui, "pour l'honneur et la conservation du titre" mènent malgré tout et envers tous, leur absurde et dérisoire mission à son terme. Original et fort décapant, une réussite incontestable ! www.cinefiches.com
Reflections on times passed interrupted by mischief of the generations to come, as both offer different approach to the situations they encounter. It is, however, the murky way their stories (forcibly) interact where the film hides its intrigue.