Can a 100+ year old action movie be exciting for modern viewers? The Bargain shows that the correct answer is an enthusiastic yes. Fast-moving and funny, this western is about a bandit who forms a strange alliance with the sheriff charged with arresting him. The climax is one of the best chase scenes (oh, all right, the best) of the 1910s. This is also western legend William S. Hart’s very first feature film and it’s also one of his lightest. Strongly recommended.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The sheriff arrests Hart and recovers his loot but then loses it on a crooked roulette wheel. The bargain: Hart does one more robbery and the sheriff lets him escape across the border. The plan works but it’s touch and go for a bit.
If it were a dessert it would be: Double Chocolate and Caramel Rice Krispie Treats. Seems elementary but oh my word!
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine with a really smashing score. I would avoid the cheap Alpha version. Very poor quality.