This bloody western stars Palance as the crazed head of a family of Confederate guerrillas who continue to plunder, loot, and kill long after the Civil War has ended. One of the sons, Edwards, breaks with the family in revolt against its viciousness. He goes to Texas to make a new life,
and six years later, his family arrives to plunder Edwards' town. The climax is a violent battle between Edwards and his kin. Grim in extremes, THE DESPERADOES is hampered by an overblown performance by Palance.