An unusual staging of the American West. Alan J. Pakula, master of paranoia (KLUTE, THE PARALLAX VIEW, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN), directed this offbeat film noir western set after WWII with James Caan as a cowhand, Jane Fonda as a ranch owner, and Jason Robards as the evil oil tycoon. The
real star of the film is unbilled: a stretch of lush green land in Colorado known as the Wet Mountain Valley. Ace cinematographer Gordon Willis (ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, THE GODFATHER films, MANHATTAN) photographs this location with so much affection and awe that the talk by oil explorers about
ripping it up for profit truly moves and horrifies the viewer.
Fonda is a rancher fi...