Burt Lancaster as Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox; Robert Ryan as Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan Cotten; Lee J. Cobb as Vincent Bronson; Robert Duvall as Vernon Adams; Sheree North as Laura Shelby; Albert Salmi as Harvey Stenbaugh; Richard Jordan as Crowe Wheelwright; John McGiver as Sabbath Mayor Sam Bolden; Ralph Waite as Jack Dekker; John Beck as Jason Bronson; William Watson as Choctaw Lee; Walter Brooke as Luther Harris; Robert Emhardt as Hersham; Charles Tyner as Minister; J.D. Cannon as Hurd Price
While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill an old man with a stray shot. They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death. Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone involved on a charge of murder. Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot, who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident.