The Deadly Companions

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Sam Peckinpah's first feature as director is this modest Western, taking place in the late 1860s. Yellowleg (Brian Keith), a former sergeant in the Union army, is obsessed with tracking down Turk (Chill Wills), a Rebel army deserter who, during the War Between the States, tried to scalp him as he lay wounded on a battlefield. Yellowleg finds Turk and his sidekick Billy (Steve Cochran) in a cantina and convinces them to help him rob a bank. They journey to Gila City, where the bank is located, and find that ...
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Sam Peckinpah's first feature as director is this modest Western, taking place in the late 1860s. Yellowleg (Brian Keith), a former sergeant in the Union army, is obsessed with tracking down Turk (Chill Wills), a Rebel army deserter who, during the War Between the States, tried to scalp him as he lay wounded on a battlefield. Yellowleg finds Turk and his sidekick Billy (Steve Cochran) in a cantina and convinces them to help him rob a bank. They journey to Gila City, where the bank is located, and find that another group of bank robbers are also in Gila City to rob the same bank. During a shoot-out with the other bank robbers, Yellowleg accidentally kills the nine-year-old son of dance-hall hostess Kit Tilden (Maureen O'Hara). Remorseful at having caused the death of Kit's son, Yellowleg forces Turk and Billy to accompany him through Apache territory to bury Kit's son at the gravesite of her husband in the ghost town of Siringo. When Billy attacks Kit, Yellowleg throws him out of their camp. Then Turk deserts. As Kit and Yellowleg finally reach Siringo, Yellowleg realizes that he is in love with her. But then, Billy and Turk reappear, having robbed the bank in Gila City, leading to a final confrontation between Yellowleg and Turk.
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Dolby Digital sound; Carefully re-mastered for best possible picture quality
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • UPC: 777966840994
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: St Clair Vision
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Kit Tilden
Brian Keith Yellowleg
Steve Cochran Billy
Chill Wills Turk
Strother Martin Parson
Will Wright Doctor
Peter O'Crotty Mayor
Chuck Hayward Card Sharp
Riley Hill Gambler
James O'Hara Cal
Big John Hamilton Gambler
Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Charles Fitzsimmons Songwriter, Producer
A.S. Fleischman Screenwriter
Chuck Hayward Stunts
David Koehler Special Effects
Stanley E. Rabjohn Editor
Marlin Skiles Score Composer, Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Scalping Hand [16:01]
2. My Name's Billy [23:31]
3. Dangerous Night [30:03]
4. In the Cave [6:12]
5. Looking for Tilden [9:44]
6. The Confrontation [7:31]
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