A thoughtful and moody film from director Frankenheimer featuring Lancaster, Hackman, and Wilson as professional skydivers who arrive in a small town in Kansas to perform their dangerous trade for the locals. The youngest member of the troupe, Wilson, has an aunt and uncle (Kerr and
Windom) who live in town, and the daredevils are invited to stay with them. Kerr, trapped in a loveless marriage, is drawn to the fatalistic Lancaster and he to her. When the skydivers go out on the town, Hackman takes up with stripper North, while Wilson wanders off with pretty coed Bedelia.
Tired and disgusted, Lancaster returns to the house, where Kerr is waiting for him. The passion...