Lonely Are the Brave

Lonely Are the Brave

David Miller (1962)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This moving story about a contemporary cowboy is Kirk Douglas's own favourite among his films. It highlights the dignity of the individual as Douglas's law-breaking loner is pursued across the mountains by sheriff Walter Matthau. Matthau's posse uses helicopters and mountain jeeps, making the power and speed of Douglas on his horse tragically irrelevant. The symbolism in former blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo's script becomes a little too obvious, especially at the end, but the location photography (by Philip Lathrop) is stunning and the cast, which includes Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy and Carroll O'Connor, is superb.


A rebellious modern-day cowboy breaks out of jail and escapes on horseback - but reckons without the relentlessness of the authorities, who give chase by car and helicopter. A dogged sheriff leads the pursuit, coming to sympathise with his quarry. Western, starring Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Gena Rowlands and George Kennedy.

Cast & Crew

Jack Burns Kirk Douglas
Sheriff Johnson Walter Matthau
Jerri Bondi Gena Rowlands
Guitierrez George Kennedy
Paul Bondi Michael Kane
Hinton Carroll O'Connor
Harry William Schallert
Reverend Hoskins Karl Swenson
Director David Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD