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The Deadly Companions (1962)

Maureen O'Hara , Brian Keith , Sam Peckinpah  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin
  • Directors: Sam Peckinpah
  • Writers: Albert Sidney Fleischman
  • Producers: Charles B. Fitzsimons
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: St Clair Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GH77C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,507 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deadly Companions" on IMDb

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Companions June 16, 2005
Brian Keith play ex-Union soldier referred to as Yellowleg and Maureen O'Hara plays a, er, performer at the Black Garter dance hall in Sam Peckinpah's feature film debut, THE DEADLY COMPANIONS. Keith plays a character with a score to settle with a nasty hombre from his past when he gives O'Hara a grudge of her own to gnaw on when he accidentally shoots and kills her son. Keith, with a brace of prairie thugs in tow (Steve Cochran and Chill Wills) attempts to make amends by escorting the headstrong O'Hara through hostile Apache country after which she'll bury her son.

THE DEADLY COMPANIONS has a lot going for it. Dramatic tension is maintained at a satisfyingly high level - the group is threatened from without by the marauding Apaches and, for a variety of reasons, from within by each other . Keith and O'Hara act and react well with each other. O'Hara always seemed to give her best performance opposite a strong male co-star, and the underrated Keith proves a good match. Chill Wills, who was seldom given much more to do then bray and act mulish plays a shaggy ex-Reb with some blood on the hands of the skeletons in his closet, and who, in the course of the movie, reminds us that he was a pretty accomplished character actor.

Although there are moments of explosive violence, Peckinpah doesn't dwell on them with the obsessively loving eye that would later become his trademark. There are other signs of an unbecoming and uncharacteristic delicacy at work. During Keith's and O'Hara's great emotional showdown scene O'Hara talks about the scars she carries from the men with dirty arms who, for money she let pinch her and kiss her. I don't know how many filters O'Hara's speech had to pass through before it reached the screen, but the final product sounds polite and phony.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Western August 8, 2001
This film was director Sam Peckinpah's first feature, and it is a surprisingly good western. What makes this film work is the chemistry and character study between Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. No, the sparks don't fly quite the same way they do between John Wayne and O'Hara, but both leads create interesting characters that seperate the film from most B westerns. The supporting cast -- Strother Martin and Chill Willis -- were veterans of numerous westerns, and they provide plenty of color. For anyone who enjoys B westerns this one is a cut above most.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars before the blood January 17, 2002
While Sam Peckinpah is best known for blood ballets such as The Wild Bunch, and Cross of Iron, it should be known that he was making movies before blood bags were used. Deadly Companions marked his feature debut and while it doesn't stand up to his best films(Wild Bunch, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia,and Ride the High Country) its a nice start to a long and brilliant career. The DVD lacks extras and is standard format, which should be noted that a lot of older films were shot with a TV standard 1:33:1 frame. But this movie has been all but extinct except for shotty old video tapes for over a decade.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VCI transfer is much better than others February 19, 2013
VCI Entertainment has released (February 2013) a new transfer (Roan Collection) of THE DEADLY COMPANIONS, and it is considerably better than the other issues of this classic Sam Peckinpah film. Like some other reviewers/purchasers, I had acquired this Western on other labels, with generally poor transfers. However, Amazon generally prints all reviews of one issue for other issues of the same film. In this case, however, I can recommend the VCI issue. Generally, VCI gives us the best possible quality, and this one is no exception.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG AWAITED RELEASE! December 13, 2012
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I've been so tempted to purchase Sam Peckinpah's DEADLY COMPANIONS from overseas (Region 2) as both the UK and Germany releases offer widescreen prints of this Western. Here in the US all we've ever gotten is the chopped-up, faded, blurry pan and scan version offered by dozens of cheap public domain companies. Seeing this film newly restored and in a widescreen presentation from VCI will be like seeing it for the first time. I, for one, can hardly wait.

UPDATE...The wait is over and this release from VCI looks just great in a stunning widescreen transfer with vibrant colors and a sharp image! I've always liked this movie, and now more so than ever. Great release VCI!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly in more ways than the title May 12, 2007
This film originally was released in Panavision. So the DVD is already compromised by being formatted to fit the TV screen. Additionally the print is very dark. Subsequently some scenes are unwatchable. Sam Peckinpah fans should stay away from this copy. Doubtfully a better print will be made and in the widescreen format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to know which tagline is the more misleading - `Pages torn from the diary of a frontier dance hall girl!' or `The stars of The Parent Trap trapped together again by their past,' but both serve warning that Sam Peckinpah's first feature The Deadly Companions aka Trigger Happy is not one of his finer hour-and-a-halfs. Opportunistically thrown together on the cheap by Maureen O'Hara's brother to capitalise on the success of her teaming with Brian Keith in The Parent Trap, it's not an unpromising idea but it is one that rarely comes to life thanks to a poor script, one note performances and the kind of production where finishing on time and under budget was more important than making it good. Peckinpah was Keith's choice of director (they had struck up a friendship on the TV series The Westerner), which apparently didn't go down too well with his producer or leading lady. Peckinpah wasn't the easiest director to work with if you weren't on his wavelength but reputedly banned from even talking to O'Hara on the set, let alone directing her, his suggestions for rewrites ignored and barely tolerated by his the ever-watchful producer who promptly re-edited the ending, it may be some sort of achievement that he delivered a fairly competent job, but it's a defiantly dull movie with few hints that Peckinpah had the stuff of greatness in him. It really could have been turned out by almost any capable Western hack and would be almost completely forgotten were it not for his later notoriety.

Keith is the Yankee drifter who saves Chill Wills' lowlife from an impromptu lynching for cheating at cards and persuades him and flashy partner Steve Cochran to come with him to a small town with a new bank and an old sheriff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Perfect transaction the DVD is poor quality.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Kolb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this movie!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Monica L. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good western; yet quality of video streaming was very bad.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Vance Plaisted
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I collect DVDs,I have over 3,500 and this is part of the collection
Published 3 months ago by R D F
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Sam Peckinpah Western Great From '61!
Sam Peckinpah always made his characters human and real - strengths, flaws, shortcomings, and all. This fine movie is no exception. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Crazy Horse
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as others of this time.
Tried it and didn't find it of as quality of other within this same time frame but still superior to year 2000 crap.
Published 6 months ago by jpf104
3.0 out of 5 stars Dudly Companions
With a cast that had so much potential this movie fell short of my expectations. Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara and Chill Wills couldn't save this slow and lackluster production. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars deadly companions
I just love this movie. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara have such wonderful chemistry together. I can't wait to watch
Published 6 months ago by Tamarra Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars A Retelling of the O.K. Corral
This was essentially a retelling of the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral." The old color format was difficult to watch after being introduced to the age of high definition.
Published 8 months ago by Charles W. Mancil
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Bad acting and plot was so long and boring. Not a good movie for O'Hara and Keith.. should have shelved it ...
Published 9 months ago by Mary Beth McIsaac
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