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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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I am a big fan of Brian Keith and enjoyed this old western of his released back in 1961. Amazon video prime sent out the lesser quality 4 : 3 pan and scan image but I just went to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by tallpine1.
An under rated film that did not get much promotion by the studio and as a result did not do well. Did better in Europe.!Published 6 months ago by Patti Pugh
Watchable...I love Maureen O'Hara in just about anything so I enjoyed this.Published 8 months ago by K. Wan
Strange set. Basically now I know what company Platinum became. Because they had the old disc inside but it's Echo Bridge now.Published 9 months ago by Lee A. Bartholomew