BACKLASH is well-executed but fairly standard Saturday morning shoot-'em-up fare. The film begins and ends with a gunfight, and the pace doesn't let up much in between.
Richard Widmark and Donna Reed, searching for his father and her husband, become mixed up with gunfighters, a hunt for missing gold, battles with Apaches, and a range war. There's a bit of an Oedipal theme running through the story, and a fairly abbreviated love-hate romance between Widmark and Reed. And that's pretty much the plot of this fast-paced film, which runs 84 minutes.
It's not a great movie, but it's entertaining, and particularly worth seeing if you're a Widmark fan.
The supporting cast includes John McIntire, Harry Morgan, Edward Platt, and Barton MacLane.
BACKLASH was directed by John Sturges and filmed in Technicolor at Old Tucson, which I visited a handful of times over the course of the 1980s.
The movie has been released on video in the past but does not appear to be easily available. It can also be seen on cable on AMC.
November 2012 Update: BACKLASH will be available on DVD in the Western Horizons collection from the TCM Vault in February 2013.