Attempting to relive the days of the early United Artists (a company formed by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and others), Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, and Dustin Hoffman formed First Artists, and this was their premier
offering. It wasn't as terrible a movie as the first reviews of it indicated, but since so much was expected, anything less than brilliance was a letdown. Newman mugged and grimaced in an attempt at comedy, and Marvin's underplaying was lethargic, as though he were a graduate of the Robert Mitchum
School of Dramatic Arts. Newman is an easygoing cowboy operating on the Texas-Arizona ...