Macon is an involving, enjoyable picture [based on a novel by James McLendon]. Most of the credit for that, however, goes to Kirk Douglas who brings interesting nuances to his part as the policeman in pursuit of John Schneider, and Lee Purcell as a bored but influential rich girl who gets more involved than she wants to in helping Schneider elude Douglas.
Schneider himself is okay and certainly brings more to his role than anything required of him on television. Without reaching towering dramatic heights, he nonetheless ably portrays the anguish of a young husband/father wrongly sent to prison and determined to escape to rejoin his family in Mexico.
With Schneider fleeing on foot for most of the picture, Macon has a tendency to drag in spots, especially in the beginning, but writer-director Jeff Kanew wisely keeps cutting back to Douglas in plotting his chase and figuring out the angles.