|Directed by||Ted Kotcheff|
|Produced by||Robert H. Solo|
|Written by||John Ehle (novel)
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||110 mins.|
The film is based on the novel by John Ehle. Wayland Jackson, a widower with a young daughter, moves to a small, impoverished mountain village in North Carolina, circa 1934. They are taken in by Collie Wright, a single mother, and she and Wayland soon fall in love.
Wayland becomes respectfully acquainted with Collie Wright, a single mother of a newborn child. As he becomes more familiar to the villagers, Wayland tries to persuade them that he could build a beautiful clock for the public square. His proposal is met with considerable skepticism before he is given the town's consent.
He is attracted to Collie, but his life and hers are threatened by family members from the evil Campbell clan, one of whom is the father of Collie's baby and intent on getting his child back in any way, even if it means murdering the couple. Cole Campbell is found dead, whereupon his relatives demand that Wayland and Collie now owe them a life and therefore must give them the child.
- Kurt Russell as Wayland Jackson
- Kelly McGillis as Collie Wright
- Lloyd Bridges as William Wright
- Mitchell Ryan as Drury Campbell
- Jeffrey Meek as Cole Campbell
- "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2010-09-05.
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