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Walter Hill's colorful directorial debut has quite a cult following for its toughness and violence; it may well be his best film, in fact. Charles Bronson plays a silent street fighter in New Orleans in the '30s managed by the cool James Coburn. Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, and Michael McGuire costar in this spare existential Depression dirge. It owes a lot to its noir origins that Hill adores so much, yet there's something very fresh and vital about its subject and approach. That's really what made so many of these films from the '70s so endearing. An added bonus is the love and affection displayed by the real-life husband and wife team of Bronson and Ireland. --Bill Desowitz

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Charles BronsonChaney
James CoburnSpeed
Jill IrelandLucy Simpson
Strother MartinPoe
Margaret BlyeGayleen Schoonover
Bruce GloverDoty
Robert TessierJim Henry
Nick DimitriStreet
Frank McRaeHammerman

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