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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
Edward Abbey's novel, the movie's source published in 1956, was set in the 1940s era of the military draft and centered on the hero's friend who was an anti-draft libertarian who goes to jail for defying the law which required men to register. But in the screenplay, the character's "crime of principle" was changed to assisting illegal immigrants. See more »
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 »
[to his horse, as he watches jets leave contrails across the sky]
Time we took off, too.
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a powerful portrayal of a man left behind and way out of step with the times
I pity those who cannot, even in a small way, identify with Douglas' character, Jack Burns in this ageless work of art. This is a self described 'lonely man,' of no use to his true love( who has married his old friend) because he cannot share his life with anyone. He acknowledges that he is of no use to anyone. Rather he is a constant threat to whatever social order he encounters. The one time he makes a commitment, to his horse no less, he loses his edge. And probably his freedom. What a wonderful movie this is.It steeps itself in the fading of the West. While much of it is seemingly allegorical, there is also a truthfulness, and a tenderness in Burns search for escape over the mountains. Someone else has commented on the similarities between Burns and Bogart's rendition of Roy Earle in HIGH SIERRA. Surely any thoughtful movie goer has experienced that rush to the mountains, that sense that time has passed you by and you are not of this place.
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