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The Kentuckian

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1955
  • Burt Lancaster
  • 99 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western adventure directed by and starring Burt Lancaster. A father and his son set off to find a better life in Texas only to become involved in a feud between two families.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Producer/star Burt Lancaster's only film as director was this marvellously photographed (by the great Ernest Laszlo, in fabulous early CinemaScope) outdoor adventure, based on Felix Holt's perceptive novel The Gabriel Horn. The screenplay is by Shane's AB Guthrie Jr, which perhaps accounts for the fact that Lancaster wears that familiar buckskin costume throughout the movie, and pretty darn fine he looks in it, too. The main theme is Lancaster's relationship with his young son, touchingly portrayed by Donald MacDonald. The women are weakly cast, but there are a pair of prize villains: John Carradine as a travelling quack, and, in his movie debut, nasty whip-wielding baddie Walter Matthau, whose main scene was hacked to ribbons by the UK censor before the film's original release - it has happily now been restored. The rousing score is by Bernard Herrmann - Citizen Kane, Psycho - and provides another reason to enjoy this movie.

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Credits

Cast

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Big EliBurt Lancaster
HannahDianne Foster
SusieDiana Lynn
ZackJohn McIntire
SophieUna Merkel
BodineWalter Matthau
FletcherJohn Carradine
Little EliDonald MacDonald (1)
BabsonJohn Litel
ConstableRhys Williams

Crew

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DirectorBurt Lancaster

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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