This bleak, realistic-looking western is notable for being one of the first in the genre to deal with the racial prejudice of whites against blacks and native Americans. Unfortunately, its goals were ultimately undermined by the producers, who released the film with two different endings.
Peters plays the black soldier returning home to the South after fighting for the North in the Civil War, only to find himself the victim of prejudice. Ives, the white rancher who raised him, offers him half of the ranch, which Peters accepts. But no one will work for a black man, so the land is
about to be sold when the younger Carradine, an Indian befriended by Peters, leads his...