Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Deadly Companions

This marks the feature film debut of Sam Peckinpah and not a bad way to start off. Standard Western fare has Brian Keith taking Maureen O'Hara to bury her son alongside his father and a bunch of Western shit happens along the way, you know, like back stabbing and angry natives and stuff. Albert Sidney Fleichman, whose novel this was adapted from, still makes a living writing this stuff and fans of his work will be quite happy with this. While is doesn't showcase the stylings Peckinpah would later become famous for it is a solid piece for enthusiasts of the genre. Look for Strother Martin and Big John Hamilton in small roles.


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