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An offbeat 1970s black-comic Western with an all-star cast, this Joseph L. Mankiewicz film is set in 1883 in Arizona. Paris Pitman, Jr. (Kirk Douglas) is the leader of a band of outlaws that steals $500,000 from a wealthy businessman named Lomax (Arthur O'Connell). The other gang members die in a shootout, but Pitman escapes and hides the loot in women's underwear and drops it into a snake pit. After Lomax recognizes Pitman in a brothel, he is arrested by Sheriff Woodward Lopeman (Henry Fonda). At the territorial prison, Pitman bribes Warden Le Goff (Martin Gabel), offering him a share of the hidden money if he lets him escape. But before the scheme is carried through, the warden is killed by a prisoner. Lopeman becomes the new warden, and he is bent on ridding the prison of corruption. Pitman convinces Lopeman that he will cooperate with the reforms, then he uses the new freedoms given to him to plan an elaborate escape with several other men. The escape is to take place during an inspection by the governor. The screenwriting team for this film was Robert Benton and David Newman, who had penned the brilliant David Newman. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1970


Kirk Douglas
as Paris Pitman. Jr.
Henry Fonda
as Woodward Lopeman
Hume Cronyn
as Dudley Whinner
Warren Oates
as Floyd Moon
Burgess Meredith
as Missouri Kid
Arthur O'Connell
as Mr. Lomax
Martin Gabel
as Warden Le Goff
John Randolph
as Cyrus McNutt
Michael Blodgett
as Coy Cavendish
Claudia McNeil
as Madame
Victor French
as Whiskey
Lee Grant
as Mrs. Bullard
Jeanne Cooper
as Prostitute
Bert Freed
as Skinner
Gene Evans
as Col. Wolff
Pamela Hensley
as Edwina
Barbara Rhoades
as Miss Jessie Brundidge
Bart Burns
Ann Doran
Byron Foulger
Karl Lukas
Paul Newlan
Paul Prokop
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Tobaccy


Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
David Newman
Screen Story
David Newman
Robert Benton
Robert Benton
Screen Story
Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edward Carrere
Art Director
C.O. Erickson
Executive Producer
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Perc Westmore