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Long before he scored with the epic Ragtime, novelist E.L. Doctorow wrote a minor novel upon which this stark 1967 film is based. It was adapted for the screen by veteran western director Burt Kennedy. In a forlorn town called Hard Times in the Old West, a cowardly mayor, Will Blue (Henry Fonda), does little to protect the citizens from the rampages of a ruthless criminal known as The Man from Bodie (Aldo Ray). The cold-blooded killer gets away with murder -- and then he burns down the town as he leaves. The citizens rebuild, and a newcomer named Zar (Keenan Wynn) injects some life into the desolate place by opening a saloon that attracts a bevy of interesting women, including Molly Riordan (Janice Rule) and Adah (Janice Paige). However, things again look bleak when The Man from Bodie returns to town. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:May 1, 1967


Henry Fonda
as Will Blue
Janice Rule
as Molly Riordan
Keenan Wynn
as Zar
Janis Paige
as Adah
Warren Oates
as Jenks
John Anderson
as Ezra/Isaac Maple
Fay Spain
as Jessie
Edgar Buchanan
as Brown
Aldo Ray
as Man from Bodie
Denver Pyle
as Alfie
Arlene Golonka
as Mae
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Avery
Royal Dano
as John Bear
Paul Birch
as Mr. Fee
Dan Ferrone
as Bert Albany
Paul Fix
as Maj. Munn
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Hanson
Kalen Liu
as China
Ann McCrea
as Flo
Bob Terhune
as 1st Drinker
Ron Burke
as Young miner
Alan Baxter
as Jack Millay


Burt Kennedy
David Karr
Burt Kennedy
Harry Stradling, Jr.
Aaron Stell
George W. Davis
Art Director
Hank Moonjean
Associate Producer
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
William J. Tuttle