Monte Hellman’s contribution to the Spaghetti Western genre brought together an all star cast with Fabio Testi, Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter, and a small cameo from the legend Sam Peckinpah. It’s small and tight, and when contrasted with larger scaled Spaghetti Westerns, this one packs in more grit and sweat than any of its cohorts.
Testi plays Clayton Drumm, a gunfighter who’s ready time be hung, when he’s released on one condition. Drumm is to find and kill the stubborn Matthew (Oates), so that way the land he owns can finally be taken by the railroad. However, after coming to like Matthew and his wife, played by Agutter, he decides to not kill him, and leave instead. Unfortunately, he doesn’t leave without making a pass at Matthew’s wife, which sends him, along with the railroad after Clayton.