Bad Company opens with young men trying to avoid being drafted for the Civil War, a parallel to the Vietnam War going on at the time the film was made, 1972. Barry Brown, who comes from a good family, runs into Jeff Bridges and a gang of thieves. They all head west over the prairie, trying to survive as best they can.
The film is one of the anti Westerns of the 70s, where they go for a more unromantic tone. It looks beautiful though, photographed by Gordon Willis. The director is Robert Benton. It's a good script as well and the ending couldn't be more perfect.