Backlash is a 1956 Technicolor film released by Universal-International Pictures. It was directed by John Sturges (with whom Widmark would also make another western The Law and Jake Wade), and unfolds in the vein of the psychological Western (a sub-genre that has yielded many films, e.g. those of Anthony Mann, with whose films this bears comparison), delivering an unconventional story, written by Borden Chase, of a man's search for his father (played by character actor John McIntire) and his final discovery of a man who is willing to kill his own son for gold. Widmark's female support is Donna Reed.
Jim Slater (Richard Widmark), is in search of stolen money, to prove that his father (John McIntire) was not involved in a gold robbery. Finding the gold is also the goal of Karyl Orton (Donna Reed).