Is this really going to be a western that tells it like it was? Will
Penny starts out that way. The opening scenes of cowboys working in the
Old West depict them as a sordid rabble of exploited riffraff with a
uniformly low opinion of themselves. Is the film really going to show
that Charlton Heston can act as well as perform? At the start, he is
completely convincing as Cowboy Will Pennyilliterate, aging, and
anything but bright. He doesn't even have a heart of gold; Gary Cooper
would never have left a wounded pal to bleed his life away in...
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