Former US Army lieutenant Jason Higgs (Sidney Poitier) has organised a payroll robbery of a factory. He will give the proceeds to the families of black demonstrators who are now in jail.
The plan miscarries and a policeman is shot, and the rest of the film concerns the hunt for Jason and his attempts to escape with the help of a white girl friend (Joanna Shimkus).
The merciless onslaught of the police on a peaceful demonstration by black men and women is properly horrifying, but the political and emotional problems never get worked out and Jason – for all that he is played by Sidney Poitier and was presumably meant to be a kind of martyred Robin Hood figure – is no more than a stupid thug.
There is a particularly nasty scene in which the dying Jason is photographed by an ambitious newsman.
Al Freeman Jr. is good, as always, as a non-violent friend.
Al Freeman Jr.
Inspector Carl Hamilton
Richard Anthony Williams
Robert Alan Aurthur