A good cast overcomes the somewhat heavy-handed direction of Huston in this TOM JONES-inspired comedy. Hurt, excellent in one of his first leading roles, is a young Scot of the 1820s who vows to follow his father's profession as highwayman. He hopes, however, to be rather more successful
than the old man, who was hanged at age 21 for robbing Morley. Hurt deserts the army and joins up with slimy pickpocket Fraser but only ends up in jail for his efforts. Then Hurt manages to slip into the women's prison, where he has a bit of fun with bawdy Murphy. His childhood friend from the
orphanage he was raised in (Franklin, in a fine performance) bails Hurt out, and he in tu...