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It has been years since I've seen this one. I read a book of Robert Aldrich interviews and he said that the plan had always been for Masai to be killed at the end, but Burt Lancaster's production company persuaded Aldrich to film a happy ending.


As I remember the film, wasn't it down to just Burt Lancaster vs. Charles Bronson at the end?

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Bronson was chasing Lancaster in the corn field but there were two other men with rifles waiting for Massai to come out. I just found it strange that they let him go easily after giving him such a hard time in trying to kill him.


Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

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I think alot had to do with Jean Peters giving birth to Massai's child where he drops his weapons and just walks away.

Trivia:There really was a renegade Apache warrior called Massai, who was a bloodthirsty killer renowned for stealing, **** and murdering. And he did indeed escape from a prison train bound for Florida and make his way back to his homeland. It is however doubtful whether he was 6 foot and had blue eyes like Burt Lancaster.



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