Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Strong acting and direction overcomes the more cliched aspects of Red Sundown. It all begins when gunslinger Alec Longmire (Rory Calhoun), weary of living up to his reputation, decides to hang up his firearms and start life anew as a cowpuncher. Before long, however, Alec is obliged to strap on his shooting irons as the deputy of sheriff Jade Murphy (Dean Jagger). It's for a good cause, of course: Murphy hopes to avoid a violent range war with a nonviolent show of force. Will Longmire be able to keep the peace without resorting to his six-guns, or will his hand be forced by crooked land baron Rufus Henshaw (Robert Middleton) and Henshaw's menacing hired gun Chet Swann (Robert Middleton)?
aristocracy, bad-guy, cattle, cowboy, criminal, death, deputy, father, friendship, going-straight, good-guy, gunfighter, hired-gun [consultant], killing, landowner, lawman, outlaw [Western], ranch, range-war, reform [improve], ruthlessness, sheriff, town