The Deserter (aka THE DEVILS' BACKBONE) (1970) DVD Color Full-frame Approx. 99 min. Region One - Playable in the US, Canada, Mexico, etc
Starring: Bekim Fehmiu, John Huston, Richard Crenna, Chuck Connors, Ricardo Montalbán, Ian Bannen, Brandon deWilde, Woody Strode Written by Clair Huffaker Directed by Niksa Fulgosi and Burt Kennedy
After his wife is raped and killed by Apache Indians during a massacre at a church mission, Capt. Victor Kaleb (Bekim Fehmiu) shoots Col. Wade Brown (Richard Crenna), who he holds responsible for the killings, then retreats into the wilderness. Two years later, Gen. Miles (John Huston) offers him amnesty if he can successfully lead a difficult mission against the same lawless Apache tribe. Victor agrees and guides a small group deep into the country to take his revenge.
*Very few prints of THE DESERTER exist. After an extensive search we found what we believe to be the best surviving elements. We are pleased to make this available here on DVD. One should not expect state-of-the-art re-mastered quality - but it is a treasure for those who truly wish to see this wonderful 1970s western - with a message.