pretty good little western with the scott/boetticher pairing that is beginning to grow on me. to give you an example of how highly this guy (boetticher) is regarded the dvd has a tribute to him and to this film which features the likes of eastwood, tarantino and scorsese who are all singing his praises. it really doesn’t get any more impressive than that and they all mention him in the same breath as hawks, ford, and the mann/stewart pictures. it begins like shane and has a bit of stage coach in the middle and maybe some naked spur in the end. it’s a good, tight flick with good characters and writing. you get a great sense of the feelings everyone has just because the situation is so well drawn. they don’t need to say a lot to say a lot, if you catch my meaning. scorsese talks about this vis a vis body language and the efficiency of boetticher’s direction when it comes to the movement of the characters. wish they still made ’em like this. third boetticher i’ve seen in the last year or so.