The Deserter (1971)

Category : Western
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Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches set up a stronghold just out of the cavalry's reach in Mexico, Kaleb is given amnesty in exchange for leading a small band of especially trained soldiers to wipe out the Indian stronghold.

The Deserter (La Spina Dorsale Del Diavolo) is a 1971 Italian-American Western film by Dino De Laurentis. It was directed by Burt Kennedy, known for his penchant in directing westerns, including The War Wagon (1967), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and The Train Robbers (1973).

Scripted in the style of The Dirty Dozen (1967), and designed as a vehicle for Yugoslavian theater and film matinee idol Bekim Fehmiu, the film featured an ensemble cast of American heavyweight actors.[1] Noted for Shane (1953) actor Brandon deWilde's death scene, his last Western film appearance before his own death the following year.

Directed by Niksa Fulgosi, Burt Kennedy. Starring Bekim Fehmiu.
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