This film, as ever, takes place in John Wayne's World, and we only live there, saddle the horses, and kick the tumbleweed away as we marvel at the Big Man's irascible charm. A very minor, escapist and anachronistic final film from the master Hawks, which has no interest in reflecting the macabre revisionism of far greater works like "The Wild Bunch."
The screenplay and supporting cast seem like a lazy version of what we expect in a Hawks film, no where near as charming or exciting as Rio Bravo or El Dorado, but there's enough here to make it decent enough to watch.
Dernier film d'un des plus grands metteurs en scène de l'histoire du cinéma. Nous retrouvons la fraîcheur et la spontanéité des bons westerns d'antan. Sympathique comme un coup de feu qui n'aboutit pas. On notera l'excellence de la séquence d'ouverture (l'attaque du train)...
Hawks was incapable of making a truly bad film. This one is by the numbers through and through, and some of the supporting cast just isnt very good. Otherwise, this had potential to be a more memorable film than it is. O'Neill was a full on babe, so theres plenty of eye candy throughout to keep you interested when the plot and performances fail to. Decent 3 star Western.