Here's a movie that's so violent that even the Amish are participating. There's a standoff and all Mature had to do was throw the keys to the truck outside. But, no. His son thinks he's a coward. The whole town has problems. Even Leith wants to run off with a married man. Still, this is a nicer Leith than the one in 'The Brain that wouldn't Die'. Mature is a hero in the end, and he says "Violence is bad, kids".
Director Richard Fleischer and screenwriter Sydney Boehm ,give us a wonderful genre blending view of small town America.Part bank heist, part melodrama. The film follows the build up to a robbery, that will change the lives of not only the crooks,but a small group of local transgressors (peeping tom,drunk,cheating wife etc).However,it's the choices made by two good men when facing evil,that's at the films moral core.
When Douglas Sirk meets Don Siegel, in the Arizona desert you find Richard Fleischer behind a cactus. Ten first class actors in glorious Technicolor and infamous situations. Voyeurism, nymphomania and other perversions. Check out the zone 2 DVD /Blu Ray just released in France. A must. Masterpiece. And I mean it.