Synopsis: While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken, trail-weary cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill an old man with a stray shot. They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death. Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone involved on a charge of murder. Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot, who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident. Maddox, however, will not compromise even though small ranchers like Vern Adams are not in a position to desert their responsibilities for a long and protracted trial. Sabbath's marshal, Cotton Ryan, is an aging lawman whose tough reputation rests on a single incident that occurred years before. Ryan admits to being only a shadow of what he once was and incapable of stopping Maddox. Maddox confides to Ryan that Bannock's judicial system is weak and corrupt, and while he's doubtful that anyone he brings back will suffer more than the price
Genre: Western
Director(s): Michael Winner
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


All right, Harv.

Chew it out.

I don't like

askin' favors.

No one's asking you

to bend your knee,


Just to talk.

Some worn-out tin star

wouldn't rate

cuttin' your cigars.

Ryan doesn't

rate him that low.

Ryan's a kicked dog.

Well, maybe that's

what makes him

a better judge of men

like Maddox.

There was a time...

it's in the past,


What do you want to do,

ride into Sabbath

and gun him down?

Those days have passed.

Times have changed.

There are other ways.

You buy him.

And if he doesn't sell,

you buy the man above him.

Those killing days

were for younger men.

I'm on that list,


I'm not ridin' his dust

back to bannock.

Neither am I.

The others

will be here soon.

I'd send

Jason and Crowe.

We'll talk then.

We don't need

the others.

We'll talk.

It's your land.

It's your grass.

You've never been

on wages, Harv.

What's out there

is as much yours

as mine.


Hello, Laura.

Can I come in?


It don't seem 10 years.

To me, it does.

Won't you sit down?

You look good, Laura.

You're a soft-tongued liar.

You live in Sabbath?

Near. What... what are you

doing here?


That's not

an honest question.

I know what

you're doing here.

I was in town

getting some supplies,

and I heard about it.

Do you think you owe me

anything, Jered?

Say it out plain,


My man,

Hurd Price,

he's one of the men

you want.

I guess it had to be

something like that.

He work for Bronson?


We have a small farm

between here

and the high country,

and he takes work

from Bronson

when he can get it.

Let him go, Jered.

He never shot anybody.

He stands with the rest.

Sorry, Laura.

The hell you are.

Nobody has to die.

Just tell him to come into town

and give himself up.

What will happen to him

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Gerald Wilson

Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator. Born in Mississippi, he was based in Los Angeles from the early 1940s. In addition to being a band leader, Wilson wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. more…

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