After leaving her philandering boyfriend and going on a cross-country road trip, a woman (Yvette Mimieux) is robbed by a pair of hitchhikers (Robert Carradine and Marciee Drake), nearly raped by a bartender (Britt Leach), thrown in jail by a suspicious sheriff (Severn Darden), brutally savaged by a lecherous guard (Frederic Cook), and “rescued” by a murderous inmate (Tommy Lee Jones) who takes pity on her.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Falsely Accused
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
- Living Nightmare
- Road Trip
- Tommy Lee Jones Films
- Yvette Mimieux Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that while this “overrated” “film has [a] cult reputation based on its feminist themes”, the “rape is hard to watch rather than titillating” (!). He rightfully argues that “under the secure cover of a feminist facade, it includes many of the raunchy elements found in typical New World exploitation pictures”, and that “except for a couple of well-done action sequences”, “Michael Miller’s direction is sloppy and self-consciously arty”. He asserts that the film is “well acted” and “worth seeing if only because it allows Mimieux a rare starring role”, but concedes that “the storyline is pretty standard stuff” and “we’ve seen enough Southern yokels in other films”. Skip this one.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Yvette Mimieux as Dinah Hunter
- Tommy Lee Jones as Coley Blake
No, though you may be mildly curious given its cult status.