Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Anyone who really tried to ride to Santa Cruz in this western would have had to negotiate the Alps. The explanation? The film's original title was Die Letzte Ritt nach Santa Cruz. That's right, this Austrian/German coproduction is what is known in the trade as a "strudel western." Briton Edmund Purdom is the good guy, German Klaus Kinski is the villain, and another Teutonic talent, Marianne Koch, is the heroine. The action follows the usual pattern of American horse operas, with a little more emphasis on bloody beatings and graphic gunplay. And wait until you see those German Mexicans: Ach Caramba!
bad-guy, escape, good-guy, lawman, lawyer, outlaw [Western], prison, prison-escape, revenge