Directed by Robert Aldrich • 1961 • United States
Starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone
Sexual and psychological neuroses simmer on the range in this fascinating Freudian western. Kirk Douglas is the philosophy-spouting gunfighter who faces off against Rock Hudson’s vengeance-driven sheriff in a tense game of cat and mouse that comes to a head during a massive cattle drive. Director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo balance rough-and-tumble action, florid melodrama (including an incestuous romantic subplot), and elements of classical Greek drama for a compellingly unusual frontier tragedy.