Nicholson wrote, coproduced, and costarred in this low-budget western which was purportedly written after he had pored over various frontier diaries he found at the Los Angeles Public Library. He would have been better off reading a few good western scripts at the Motion Picture Acadamy.
Hellman's direction is flat, and the acting is mostly a lot of talk with hardly any point in it. Nicholson, Mitchell, and Filer are itinerant cowpokes who have employment as part of a cattle roundup. On their trip to the job, they note the result of a vigilante lynching swaying in the wind and
shake their heads at the fate of the victim. They decide to rest at a mountain cabin and ...