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  • Very minor, tongue-in-cheek Sirk, best known for inspiring Michael Cimino's Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. Two 18th century outlaws join forces to the rob and cheat the English for the cause of Irish independence. Funny in spots, and carried by a light touch that extends to the uncomplicated mise-en-scene. Rock Hudson gets to wear plenty of garishly colored outfits; this is one of those rare period films in which the men's clothes are generally more interesting.

  • For all the colorful romantic adventure, Sirk is less interested in swashbuckling than in strategy: he looks at the uprising analytically, noting the bitter ironies of shrewd commanders compelled to restrain audacious warriors for the sake of the long-term struggle.