Better than I was expecting.
Bought this on Bluray almost two years ago (sight unseen) as I love early Peckinpah, but found the title so dreadful (I keep calling it “The Glory Hole” by mistake) I put off watching it for ages.
Happy to report, despite not being directed by Sam - it FEELS enough like Peckinpah’s wonderful early film & tv work (Ride the High Country, Deadly Companions, The Rifleman, The Westerner) even if it lacks his directorial flair.
There’s a pretty great cast of actors - Slim Pickens, Senta Berger, Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell... joined by a memorable performance by a very young James Caan as a shit-shoveling Irishman. It’s a bit of a racist caricature, but Caan is…