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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 1962 (UK)
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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Cast

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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)
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Old Man
Lalo Rios ...
Prisoner
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Storyline

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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Drama | Western

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The Last Cowboy  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Cox praised this film in a 2012 NY Times essay with the statement that "there is no greater western and certainly no greater tragic one". See more »

Goofs

At the 1:33 mark, whilst Burns is resting with his horse, Whisky, under a tree, you can see a thin black line attached to the horse's bit, coming in from the left. It appears that it is being pulled on by a crew member to keep Whisky's head up from where she is grazing. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Villain (1979) See more »

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Kirk Was Right
29 December 2003 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie that never fails to impress me whenever I view it. I'm amazed that it is not out on DVD yet.

As many have stated, Kirk felt that this was his favorite movie and I quite agree. As the existential drifter searching for something that has long passed him by, Kirk delivers a stunning performance. I felt that the character development in this film was outstanding. Each individual plays an important role in delivering the theme of the story.

I was amazed that no one wrote about the bar fight scene where Burns battles a bitter one-armed local. There is something disturbing about this encounter...the one-armed man's bitterness and Burns' attempt to avoid the confrontation. Handled in black and white, this scene is memorable.

This film easily makes my top ten list.

-Paige


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