The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
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The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
Sam Peckinpah's first feature as director is this modest Western, taking place in the late 1860s. Yellowleg (Brian Keith), a former sergeant in the Union army, is obsessed with tracking down Turk (Chill Wills), a Rebel army deserter who, during the War Between the States, tried to scalp him as he lay wounded on a battlefield. Yellowleg finds Turk and his sidekick Billy (Steve Cochran) in a cantina and convinces them to help him rob a bank. They journey to Gila City, where the bank is located, and find that another group of bank robbers are also in Gila City to rob the same bank. During a… More
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"As the deadlier of the refugee criminals, Steve Cochran is almost as mean as his colleague, Chill Wills, is picturesque. Their resourceful efforts would be more effective if the drama, as directed by Sam Peckinpah, did not move at the pace of a hearse."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This film is visually powerful in spots, as it overcomes its routine theme with burning images of lust, greed, and hatred."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rapidly proliferating ideas in a condensed style"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An interesting start for one of modern American cinema's most brilliant and controversial directors."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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