The time, 50s America, the place, small town Clarksburg CA. Here, Sheriff Roy Childress, embittered by the death of his wife and child by a hit and run driver, pursues and distributes his own form of justice to speeding motorists. His version however, often takes the form of driving the offenders off the road and down the side of a cliff to their deaths. One unlucky miscreant who pays with his life, is Don McCord, kid brother to Michael (Martin Sheen). Angry and vengeful, Michael returns to even the score.
There's not much dialogue from the cast of familiar faces. Sheen, Nolte, Vic Morrow and Stuart Margolin ("Angel" - from the Rockford Files). In fact there's just enough to tell the story. Is that a problem though? Not really, because the most important stars are the Plymouth (which could be mistaken for a Fury), the Ford and all of the other fifties chrome. (Incidentally, it you haven't already seen it, try Christine
for the best Plymouth Fury ever!)
Watching it, the film has the feel of a TV Movie, and not the raw style of say, Two-Lane Blacktop
or Vanishing Point
but it's still a worthwhile addition to any petrolhead's collection, especially if you're into the 50's US Car Scene.
I won't spoil the ending by revealing the outcome but it's worth waiting for and provides a worthy finale.