Very much an overlooked Western, this boasts a superb, tough guy cast, stunning, and very rugged locations , and superb cinematography. Not to mention a good screenplay from veteran writer/director Richard Brooks.
The story concerns a 700 mile endurance horse race, over frozen mountain paths and sun drenched deserts.
There are 9 entrants, including one-time Rough Rider, Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman),former prostitute, Miss Jones (Candice Bergen), mercenary Luke Matthews (James Coburn), wise old-timer 'Mister', (Ben Johnson),plus a young ambitious hothead (Jan-Michael Vincent) & a titled Englishman, (Ian Bannen).
It's a great cast and a really enjoyable gritty western. Anyone who's either a fan of any of the main stars or loves tough no-hold's barred man against the elements type action/adventure films should definitely see it.