The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) (1961)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 6, 1961
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The plot twists are hokey, but the atmosphere is bleak and tense, and the men's performances nuanced.

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TV Guide

An interesting start for one of modern American cinema's most brilliant and controversial directors.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This film is visually powerful in spots, as it overcomes its routine theme with burning images of lust, greed, and hatred.

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Fernando F. Croce

Rapidly proliferating ideas in a condensed style

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Extremely underwhelming. The trouble is that there is just too many things here we know about or have seen before. Reminded me a lot of The African Queen, Two… More
Adam Mahler
A couple of good moments, but everything good gets better in Ride the High Country