|Kris Kristofferson||James Averill|
|Christopher Walken||Nathan D. Champion|
|Isabelle Huppert||Ella Watson|
|John Hurt||Billy Irvine|
|Jeff Bridges||John L. Bridges|
|Sam Waterston||Frank Canton|
Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan Champion, a mercenary competing with Averill for the love of local madam Ella Watson . As the struggle escalates, Averill and Champion begin to question their decisions.