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The Broken Land (1962)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1962 (USA)
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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(as John Bushelman)

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(as Edward Lakso)
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Marshal Jim Cogan
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Mavera
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Deputy Ed Flynn
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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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Will Brocious: Billy, this sure is your day. You not only steal your first necklace, you break outta jail, help rob a stage, get yourself baptized in the bargain.
Billy: Yea. That's some day
Will Brocious: [to Dan] Where you going?
Dave Dunson: Gonna see what I can do with this money.
Will Brocious: You mean take it back?
Dave Dunson: Yea, that's right.
Will Brocious: Well I can just see that. You just go riding back into town, stop somebody on the street; "Pardon me Sir. I wonder if you'd mind taking this money off my hands.You see, I just broke jail this morning. Right after I tried ...
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Tail End of the Western Cycle it Manages to be Short and Succinct
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To Put it in Perspective, Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher put a "New Face" on the Western in the 1950's and Sam Peckinpah put an Amen to it with Ride the High Country (1962) and then Reincarnated the "New" Western with The Wild Bunch (1969). Peckinpah, it Could be Said, Ended the New Wave of Westerns and Started the New New Wave of Westerns. No Mean Feat.

While Hardly in the Mann/Boetticher/Peckinpah Camp, This Little Movie is Indeed a Bit Different from Standard Stuff in its Introspection of Some Off Beat Characters that Include a Brutal Dictatorial Sheriff, a Dim-Witted Likable Stiff, a Good Hearted Drifter, and Jack Nicholson as a Slightly Miscast Bad/Good Guy. Diana Darin is the Damaged Goods still Managing to Look Good and Emote Kindness.

Overall, Worth a Watch for Early Nicholson, a Good but Short Story, and Some Colorful Cinemascope Landscapes.


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