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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  14 June 1962 (Mexico)
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A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

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John W. "Jack" Burns
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Jerry Bondi
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Sheriff Morey Johnson
Michael Kane ...
Paul Bondi
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Hinton
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Harry
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Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
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Rev. Hoskins
William Mims ...
First Deputy Arraigning Burns (as Bill Mims)
Martin Garralaga ...
Old Man
Lalo Rios ...
Prisoner
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In order to free his best friend Bondi, Jack Burns lets himself be imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased by sheriff Johnson with helicopters and jeeps. Written by Volker Boehm

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Life can never cage a man like this!

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The Last Hero  »

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Not only does Kirk Douglas consider this his favorite picture, but his son Michael Douglas considers it his father's best work, too. Douglas also flouted convention, and caution, at the time, by performing his own stunts in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the one-armed man throws his mug of beer at Burns and it hits him in the thigh, it shatters. No heavy glass mug of the type used in bars would shatter (or even break for that matter) when hitting something that soft. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to his horse, as he watches jets leave contrails across the sky]
Jack Burns: Time we took off, too.
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Referenced in American Playhouse: True West (1984) See more »

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Lonely is Lonely are the Brave
9 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A much under-appreciated movie, I love it. I caught a snippet of it the other night and it got me to thinking how many "modern" day cowboys were influenced by Burns' character. I'll bet anything Jerry Jeff Walker has seen it. Kirk's performance alone justifies the look but I can't recall another flick with so many actors in pre-star roles. For example, Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy (pre- Cool Hand Luke), Walter Matthau, William Schallert (Patty Duke's dad, Bill Bixby etc.

What I'd like to focus on is a very small piece of the movie focusing on the "one-armed man" Bill Raisch (pre-The Fugitive). Bill starts a fight with Burns just to have something to do on a Saturday nite. The scene is a great reminder to be careful of dropping in on unfriendly/unknown bars.

This movie could serve as the basis for any English/Literature major's college paper/thesis. Not surprising since Dalton Trumbo had a hand in the screenplay.


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