Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, The Dirty Dozen) directed this rough-and-tumble saga of Depression-era America. Lee Marvin plays a rail-riding hobo determined to hop a freight train patrolled by a notoriously sadistic railway conductor (Ernest Bognine). The entire film is a mano-a-mano battle between the two hardheaded protagonists and reads like some sort of manly (and heavily symbolic) folk fable. Double-featured with The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3. 118 minutes PG.