Having fought on opposing sides during the American Civil War, brothers Mace (James Stewart) and Dee (Dean Martin) Bishop join forces as part of an outlaw gang that is forced to flee across the border from Sheriff Johnson (George Kennedy) with beautiful Maria (Raquel Welch) in tow.
This would-be rollicking adventure – one of a slew of colourful, handsomely mounted westerns made by 20th Century-Fox during the 1960s – suffers from chronic miscasting.
All-time good guys Stewart and Martin play outlaws who hold a peculiarly accented Raquel Welch hostage after she loses her husband in a botched bank raid.
The actual good guy, surprisingly, is George Kennedy, but he’s no match for these particular baddies.
The uneven mixture of contemporary violence and traditional western values is uncomfortably directed by Andrew V McLaglen, whose father, Victor, appeared in many of the best of the westerns directed by the great John Ford.
Harry Carey Jr
Andrew V McLaglen