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Lonely Are the Brave

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • David Miller (1)
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This moving story about a contemporary cowboy was 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack BurnsKirk Douglas
Jerri BondiGena Rowlands
Sheriff JohnsonWalter Matthau
Paul BondiMichael Kane
HintonCarroll O'Connor
HarryWilliam Schallert
Reverend HoskinsKarl Swenson
GuitierrezGeorge Kennedy
Deputy GlynnDan Sheridan
"One Arm"Bill Raisch
Airman in helicopterBill Bixby

Crew

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DirectorDavid Miller (1)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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