The Purple Hills

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

In 1870s Arizona, Nelson is a cowboy who shoots down a wanted outlaw. But when he rides into town to collect the $8,000 reward money, he is met by the dead man's partner, Taylor, who claims to have done the killing. Things get stickier when Summers, the younger brother of the dead man, vows revenge for his brother's killer. Bender, a local sheriff, decides...read more

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In 1870s Arizona, Nelson is a cowboy who shoots down a wanted outlaw. But when he rides into town to collect the $8,000 reward money, he is met by the dead man's partner, Taylor, who claims to have done the killing. Things get stickier when Summers, the younger brother of the dead man,

vows revenge for his brother's killer. Bender, a local sheriff, decides to settle the argument by having all three ride out to the dead man's grave. En route they meet Barnes, Summers' guardian. She's attracted to Nelson but can't understand his burning desire for money. They attempt to dig up the

outlaw's body, but the grave turns out to be empty. Apaches, who worshipped the man, have stolen the body. Taylor kills the sheriff and the group rides off. During an Indian raid, Taylor is wounded but covers the others so they can make an escape. Taylor finally dies, and Nelson realizes that

Barnes' love is worth more than money. Summers has learned some things as well, for instance, that his brother was a mean man who deserved death. Considering that this was released in 1961, the short (one hour) running time is a real surprise. Essentially this is a routine western, but it differs

from its program forebears of the 1940s in its heightened violence and complex portrayal of good and evil.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: In 1870s Arizona, Nelson is a cowboy who shoots down a wanted outlaw. But when he rides into town to collect the $8,000 reward money, he is met by the dead man's partner, Taylor, who claims to have done the killing. Things get stickier when Summers, the yo… (more)

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