Sam Varner is a scout working for the U.S. Cavalry and he is retiring after his last trip. He meets Sarah Carver and her son, Boy. Sarah was kidnapped by Indians ten years ago and she wants to go back to the town were she lived before. Sam decides to take them to a place where they can get a train ticket to go back to her home. When they arrive at the station, there are a lot of connections and transfers to Topeka, Kansas and she still can’t get to where she really wants to go. Sam knows she won’t be able to make this journey on her own and he invites her to come with him instead. He has a ranch/farm in New Mexico and she can stay there with him until she decides what to do. He has paid a man to live on the property and purchase cattle for a herd.
Sam is taking on more than just the woman and her son. He has a good heart but he could be killed? The father of Boy is a much feared and murderous Apache named Salvaje. He has already murdered everyone at a way station including Sam’s horse. There are some very stressful scenes in this film with Salvaje. There is special music in the background that makes the situation seem very tense. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
109 min, Western directed by Robert Mulligan with Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster, Noland Lay, Russell Thorson, Frank Silvera, Lonny Chapman, Lou Frizzell, Henry Beckman, Charles Tyner.
Note: Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 187 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Red Rock Canyon and Overton, Nevada; West Hollywood, California; Sonora, Mexico. This film was released in 2010 as a collection of westerns with Ride the High Country, Pat Garrett and Billy the kid, Chisum.