- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 20, 2005
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Paramount
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USA Today - 05/14/1999
"...This is one of the great malevolent Mitchums of all time..."
Ultimate DVD - 08/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Fascinating to look at and unjustly neglected over the years."
Living in the vast wilderness of northern California during the late 19th century, the Bridges family are not prepared to battle with nature. This is proved when a mountain lion takes the life of one of the boys, causing older brother Curt (Robert Mitchum) to seek the villainous cat and avenge his brother's death. William Wellman (THE OX-BOW INCIDENT) directed this deliberately paced, psychological Western-action picture, filled with deep allegory and touches of melodrama. A sense of dread follows the family throughout and permeates the film in this atypical battle of man versus beast set in the deep woods.