Directed by David Miller • 1962 • United States
Starring Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau
Kirk Douglas’s personal favorite among his own films is a strikingly introspective and affecting western. He delivers one of his finest performances as the modern-day cowboy Jack Burns, who finds his rough, renegade individualism in conflict with both the changing times and the law when he attempts to help an old friend escape from jail—leading to a tense manhunt through the mountains of New Mexico. Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, and George Kennedy costar in this powerful eulogy for the ideals of the Old West.