DIRECTOR: RICHARD BROOKS
CAST: BURT LANCASTER, LEE MARVIN, ROBERT RYAN, WOODY STRODE
Michael Barker, Co-President & Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics, to introduce.
The Sixties were the decade of the all-star action bonanzas, from The Magnificent Seven to The Dirty Dozen, and this hard n’ dirty gun-for-hire picture rides way up at the front of the pack, assembling the talents of Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode as a posse of bad dudes hired to rescue kidnapped Claudia Cardinale from the clutches of Mexican bandito Jack Palance—or is there something about this mission that they haven’t been told? As in films like The Blackboard Jungle and In Cold Blood, Brooks proves himself one of the directors most attuned to the dynamic possibilities of the ‘Scope frame.