Learning Some Horrible Truths
Backlash, Donna Reed comes upon Richard Widmark at a place called Gila Valley where five men were massacred by Indians and one man escaped with $60,000.00. Three of the five men were identified, but none of the deceased is either Widmark’s father or Reed’s husband. Of course both are hunting for their respective relations.
The search yields some truths that neither one is willing to face up to. But both seek and find support and comfort in the other.
Backlash as a previous reviewer remarked is almost like a detective story set in the west. John Sturges gets some find performances out of his cast.
The two who stand out and steal the film from the stars are William Campbell as a punk gunfighter and John McIntire as the amoral outlaw leader in whose hands Widmark and Reed fall into at the end of their odyssey.
No studio backlots for this western, good location photography and a very nice plot distinguish this film.
Great Western Classic