Los Angeles Times - 09/20/1996
"...[It] sounds wonderful with its mournful, portentous Ry Cooder score and stars a well-cast Bruce Willis exuding calm, reflective authority...[A] handsome, carefully wrought film..."
In a dusty, Prohibition-era Texas border town, a lone-wolf hit-man richochets between rival mobs, pinning his allegiance to whomever offers more money for his services. But when he sticks his neck out to help a woman, he ends up risking more than money--he risks developing a conscience. Hill patterned his film after Kurosawa's legendary 1961 YOJIMBO.
Enroute to Mexico during Prohibition, loner John Smith decides to rest at town of Jericho, Texas. He discovers that two rival bootleg gangs, one Italian, the other Irish, are seriously at odds with each other. So much so, that all of the residents have left, and the Sheriff has given up doing his job. Sensing an opportunity to make money, Smith decides to hire himself out to BOTH factions -- and play each side against the other. Will Smith's clever scheme work' Or will the ensuing violence he causes take his life instead'