The third and finest of Paul Newman’s mid-’60s ‘H Trilogy’ (after 1963’s Hud and 1966’s Harper), Martin Ritt’s western has the blue-eyed one playing John Russell, a white man raised by Apaches to despise civilisation.
Few of the encounters on a stagecoach trip through bandit territory cause him to revise his opinion, but he still lays his life on the line for them
The story – from an Elmore Leonard novel – carries a clear message about American racism, but any preachiness is tempered by a fine ensemble cast and superb Death Valley photography from the great James Wong Howe.
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