Montana Badlands rancher David Braxton (John McLiam) is a self-made man. Through years of tireless effort and determination, he has transformed his vast and rugged land into a thriving, prosperous empire. So when his livestock, his fortune - and even his family - are threatened by a ruthless horse thief (Jack Nicholson), Braxton takes matters into his own hands. Hiring a sadistic 'regulator' (Marlon Brando), to track down the outlaw, Braxton intends to liberate the territory from crime..but what he initiates instead is a complex series of events that results in brutality and savagery far beyond anything he even thought possible.
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This is a very odd western that begins in a slapstick vein, before tightening the tension for the last half hour. Nicholson gives a vintage performance, whilst Brando hams it up eventually declaring love to his favourite horse. It might be worth viewing once to watch Brando on the slide, and Nicholson before his, but it doesn't have the dark edge vital to maintain tension in all that wide-open space.