Robert Duvall gives an extraordinary performance as an evangelical preacher in the southern states of America who catches his wife cheating, takes revenge and then goes on the run with nothing but the clothes on his back, going where the Lord leads him. Duvall was oscar nominated and how he did not win i do not know because without doubt this is one of the greatest characterizations in the history of motion pictures. Add to that the fact that he wrote,directed and produced it over several years and you will realise what a tour de force this is. I was trying to write a script of my own when this film first came out and i was so impressed with the conciseness of the writing and the beauty and purity of the story that i wrote to Duvall and asked him for advice. Someone, i dont know if it was him, wrote back, not with advice but with a signed photo. The man is a class act and this film is an absolute classic.