Stacy Keach is Lou Ford, a psychotic deputy sheriff of a Montana mining town, called Central City. We learn the friendly deputy never carries a weapon but secretly has anger management problems stemming from a traumatic childhood incident.
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Before Michael Winterbottom in 2010, Burt Kennedy tried in 1975 to put images on Jim Thompson's novel. It already was a miss. Actors are good but the heavy atmosphere and the despair that were the book's trademark are unfortunately absent in the movie. Already forgotten.