What a horrible cliche' plot line! Two intelligent young northerners minding their own business speeding down a remote dirt road when they hit an old wooden bridge and spin out. They proceed to whip a mean old southern mill worker (George Kennedy with a heinous southern accent), on their way into the town of Garth.
In Garth they soon stumble across a town of racists and bigots, but not against blacks, rather against German war prisoners and a preacher, who were murdered years earlier by the town's founder and namesake, the terrible Mr. Garth.
Buzz, the tough good guy from Hell's Kitchen New York beats up those southern boys for a dime a dozen, whipping four at one time even! What a guy.
The whole time the two protagonists insulted their way through every southerner they came across, except the pretty blonde southern girl who found them charming and handsome.
And people wonder why the war is still being fought in the south? Perhaps one day when hollywood quits portraying every southern town or village as hicksville and everyone with a southern accent as ignorant and racist, perhaps then things will change.
Lord knows it has been going on forever. Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same.