Director Michael Winner's stoic interpretation of a timeless Western motif stars Burt Lancaster as flinty, uncompromising Marshal Jered Maddox. He's out to jail seven cowpunchers who left a corpse in the wake of their drunken spree. Along the way, Maddox contends with an aging cattle baron (Lee J. Cobb), a milquetoast sheriff (Robert Ryan) and a town full of craven hypocrites, all carved into fascinating characters by a topnotch ensemble cast.

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