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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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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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14 June 1962 (Mexico)  »

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The Last Hero  »

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When preparing a compilation of film clips for Kirk Douglas' life achievement award by the Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg couldn't locate footage from this film and asked Universal for a clip. Spielberg recommended to the studio that the film be green-lighted for preservation, which it was. See more »

Goofs

A common Hollywood mistake when radios are used is to end the transmission with the phrase "Over and out". "Over" is used when turning the channel to the other speaker and "Out" is used when the transmission is finished, but one wouldn't say "Over and out". In this movie, radio use is inconsistent. Sometimes "Over and out" is used incorrectly, sometimes "Out" is used correctly and sometimes speakers switch back and forth without indicating anything at all. See more »

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[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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The original "First Blood".

Lonely Are the Brave (1962) is a film about a man who's content with life on the open range. He's the last of his kind, the wandering cowboy. The problem is the open range is disappearing around him. A guy like that can't live off the land anymore because there's no land for him to live off of. Everywhere he goes the land is either owned or forbidden for him to enter. Kirk Douglas stars as the last cowboy who just can't get it into his head how much the times have changed. Especially when he tries to rescue his good friend from the local jail. This causes more trouble than he can comprehend.

What's so funny about this movie is how much of the story, scenes and situations were later used in it's quasi-remake "First Blood". The basic story line and his troubles with the law are quite similar. Walter Matthau and Gena Rowlands co-star in this awesome film about a dying way of life. I saw this film several years ago on Turner Classic Movies. It's a sad tribute to the old west.

Highly enjoyable and recommended.

P.S. Gena Rowlands looks pretty good in this picture!


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