Joe Kedzie is released from prison after committing a robbery. Only Joe knows where the money is hidden: at the bottom of a mine shaft out in the desert. Maxie and Madge find Joe when he goes to retrieve the money. He agrees to cut them in. Maxie gets greedy and Joe shoots him. Unfortunately, he also puts a hole in their only canteen. Joe lowers himself down the mineshaft with a rope to retrieve the money. He ties the money to the rope and sends it up. When he tries to climb out, Madge cuts the rope and he falls and breaks his leg. Madge tries to get away, but discovers that Joe has the keys to the truck.
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I'll throw the money down again, while you give me the key so I can get you out. Please, Joe, do you want us all to die here? You'll have the money, Joe.
Sure, I'll have it, with a broken leg 40 feet deep in a hole in the desert! And when you come back with somebody else to get it... next week... or next month, I'll be dead, won't I? But I'm gonna die a lot easier than you. I'm gonna die down here where it's dark and cool. I'm not gonna die with the sun burning into that white skin. I'm not ...