The Outrage

Synopsis: Three disparate travelers, a disillusioned preacher, an unsuccessful prospector, and a larcenous, cynical con man, meet at a decrepit railroad station in the 1870s Southwest. The prospector and the preacher were witnesses at the singularly memorable rape and murder trial of the notorious Mexican outlaw Carasco. The bandit duped an aristocratic Southerner into believing he knew the location of a lost Aztec treasure. The greedy "gentleman" allows himself to be tied up while Carasco deflowers his wife. These events lead to the stabbing of the husband and are related by the three eyewitnesses to the atrocity: the infamous bandit, the newlywed wife, and the dead man through an Indian shaman. Whose version of the events is true? Possibly there was a fourth witness, but can his version be trusted?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western
Director(s): Martin Ritt
Production: Warner Home Video
96 min

Excuse me, preacher.

I mean, for butting in.

I didn't believe it down at the general store

when they said:

"The preacher's up and left us."

I says, "He wouldn't do nothing like that.

Just wait and see, he'll be back sure."

But then I weren't sure.

I know it didn't make sense

what we see'd and hear'd... the trial yesterday. No sense at all.

But you leaving the church,

your place here, the people who need you...

...that don't make no sense neither.

I can understand the violence of a storm.

It's a natural thing.

Not meant to harm anyone.

But the violence of men...

...their cruelty and savageness

to one another, to themselves...

Please, you'll catch your death.

That train ain't gonna be along for hours.

It hardly stops here these days.

I'll flag it down for you when it comes.

Here, let me make us a fire.

"Silver Gulch."

I remember when I first came here.

I was gonna strike it rich.

A bonanza of souls to save.

I will lead them into paths

they have not known.

I will make the darkness light

before them...

...and crooked things straight.

When you get your steam up

you do some powerful preachifying.


To a congregation of deaf ears.

And the ones at the trial yesterday,

you heard it all.


I just can't understand it.

All that sinning, lusting and killing.

And then swearing before the judge

on the Holy Bible... tell the whole truth,

and the way they...

There must be some answer,

but I'm ignorant to explain it.

- Not as ignorant as I am.

- Oh, no, preacher.

You're educated, you're a man of God.

He knows.

He knows I've failed them.

The shepherd

is running away from the wolves.

Where do you aim to be going?

I don't know.

- I don't know.

- How about going plumb to hell?

A fellow can't sleep in peace

in this horse ball of a town.

Oh, it's you.

I didn't figure you'd have the guts

to show up around these parts again.

I never forget a face, my good man.

But I'm glad to make an exception

in your case.

Heehaw up your tail,

you godforsaken jackass.

Shut up, you.

This is a preacher standing here.


It can't be. He woke me up.

They usually put me to sleep.

Don't pay him no mind.

Who is he?

He's a con man.

A swindler. An old scalawag.

How else can a man

live to be old nowadays?

He come around here last year,

selling some kind of patent medicine.

- Choctaw herbal elixir.

- Three people near died of it.

He got out of town

just ahead of the tar and feathers.

You can imagine my surprise this morning

when I realized where the devil I was.

I just sold a dozen of my fully-guaranteed

miracle lightning rods...

...when all of a sudden

it starts thundering and lightning... there was a heavenly inspector

testing the guarantees.

You're lower than a rattler.

Oh, come now, my cantankerous friend,

we're not so different, you and me.

You know, I dig for silver too.

Only in much softer ground.

Though, I must say,

this town of yours has sure gone to pot.

What's happened? The silver peter out?

Sure sign when the whores and gamblers

start heading for the next sucker town.

Good riddance.

Preacher, huh?

Nothing much left to preach about,

eh, Reverend?

Oh, I forgot, you're leaving town too.

Had a bellyful of religion, I take it.

How about you and me teaming up?

We could make a hatful.

You know,

with your face, my fingers...

- Leave him be.

- Just said he had an honest face.

What's wrong with that?

He's as rotten as the three

at the trial yesterday.

Trial? What trial?

Something happen around here?

- A man was murdered.

- Just one?

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Michael Kanin

Michael Kanin (February 1, 1910 – March 12, 1993) was an American director, producer, playwright and screenwriter who shared an Academy Award with Ring Lardner Jr. in 1942 for writing the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film comedy Woman of the Year.Born in Rochester, New York, his first job was writing and acting in Catskills resort shows with his brother Garson Kanin. In 1939, he was signed to a screenwriting contract at RKO. He married RKO co-worker Fay Mitchell in 1940, and collaborated with her on many projects, notably The Outrage. Together, they received an Academy Award nomination for Teacher's Pet (1958). more…

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