A rancher's hedonistic son (Paul Newman, pictured left with Patricia Neal) wishes to sell off a herd that may have foot-and-mouth disease; his father (Melvyn Douglas) has scruples and prefers to have them slaughtered.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey
Less a conventional western than a blistering study of American materialism, all the more powerful for being personified so charismatically by Paul Newman. Martin Ritt's superb character study is enriched by Patricia Neal's longsuffering housekeeper and Brandon de Wilde's hero-worshipping nephew.
James Wong Howe's cinematography rightly won an Oscar.