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The Late, Late Movie: Sam Peckinpah’s The Deadly Companions (1961) – Maureen O’Hara,Brian Keith, Steve Cochran,Chill Wills

05/02/2020

American Feature Film, Classic Western Movie, Full Length Cowboy Film, English: (1961) The Deadly Companions (original title), Adventure.

An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman’s son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Runtime: 1h 33 min Director: Sam Peckinpah Writers: Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)

Stars: Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran

The Deadly Companions is a 1961 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, and Chill Wills. Based on the novel of the same name by A. S. Fleischman, the film is about an ex-army officer who accidentally kills a woman’s son, and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.[1] The Deadly Companions was Sam Peckinpah’s motion picture directorial debut.

 

PLOT (Wikipedia): After her young son is killed in a bank robbery, Kit Tilden (Maureen O’Hara) is determined to bury him beside his father in Siringo, now deserted and located in Apache territory. Yellowleg (Brian Keith), the ex-army sergeant who accidentally killed her son, decides to help take the body across the desert to be buried, whether Kit wants help or not.

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