“You’re like the wind, blowing over the land and passing on…”
Death hangs heavy over this classic Old West tale, which replaces samurai with gunslingers and knife-throwers.
The men who ride into immortality protecting farmers from bandits are rough, violent dudes of few words — warriors redeemed by one act of courage and sacrifice.
All seven of the “good guys,” from Steve McQueen down to Brad Dexter, have died in real life in the years since director John Sturges had them saddle up.
But, like the characters they played, they live on forever in the movie theaters of our minds.