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The Broken Land (1962)

 -  Western  -  1 April 1962 (USA)
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A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the ... See full summary »

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Marshal Jim Cogan
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Mavera
Jody McCrea ...
Deputy Ed Flynn
Robert Sampson ...
Dave Dunson
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Will Brocious
Gary Sneed ...
Billy
Don Orlando ...
Frenchy Douchette
Helen Joseph ...
Ruth Flynn
H. Tom Cain ...
Mr. Flynn
Robert Hinkle ...
Dave
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A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the sheriff, resulting in a robbery, a murder and his being pursued by a vengeful posse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Das gebrochene Land  »

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Marshall Jim Cogan: You see, no man really knows right from wrong. That's why laws were invented. I've lived by them all my life. It's the only way I can be sure of myself.
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Better than its budget
31 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Featuring outstanding Arizona scenery in Cinemascope color, one interestingly written character (Billy), and Jack Nicholson in a young anti-hero performance, what is wrong with this Western? The answer is: Nothing is wrong. Having a budget that obviously consists of little more than pennies does not negatively impact this film much, except for some low-paid "discount" acting at times.

To me the most intriguing Westerns are ones that portray some aspect of the Old West based at least partly on fact. I put this film in that category as it does portray a phenomenon of those days, namely the existence of a few Sheriffs who were little more than legalized executioners.

The cast and crew just went out to Arizona and filmed this on the desert in a straightforward manner. It works for me.


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