“Macho” Diego Callahan (David Janssen) is duped into joining the Confederate army and – when he deserts – locked in a hellish POW camp in Texas.
He manages to break out and goes on a personal mission to kill the man who put him there, a government agent named Duffy (Lee J. Cobb).
En route, he accidentally kills a one-armed Confederate officer (David Carradine).
The man’s vengeful widow, Alexandra Mountford (Jean Seberg), offers a large cash reward to anyone who will hunt down Callahan and his partner in crime, Juan (Pedro Armendariz, Jr.),
Callahan later rapes her, but she falls in love with him anyway.
Diane Ladd appears in an almost incidental role as a prostitute.
This grim and violent Avco Embassy western was filmed in northern Mexico’s Guadiana Valley. During the making of the movie, Jean Seberg was being spied on by the FBI. She and David Janssen later died tragically, within months of each other.
After her suicide in 1979, it was revealed that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had said that Seberg “should be neutralised,” and the FBI deliberately and publicly humiliated Seberg by planting a rumour that the pregnant actress’s unborn baby was fathered by a Black Panther.
Lee J. Cobb
Pedro Armendariz Jr