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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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Complete credited cast:
John W. "Jack" Burns
Jerry Bondi
Sheriff Morey Johnson
Michael Kane ...
Paul Bondi
Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
Rev. Hoskins
William Mims ...
First Deputy Arraigning Burns (as Bill Mims)
Martin Garralaga ...
Old Man
Lalo Rios ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life can never cage a man like this!


Drama | Western


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14 June 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Hero  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The helicopter used in the manhunt for Burns was a 1960 Bell 47J-2, serial number 1810. The FAA registration number is N8411E. This bird still lives and is used for aerial advertising. See more »


When Carroll O'Connor truck driver stops in Joplin, Mo., early in the movie, mountains are clearly visible in the background. There are none in Joplin. See more »


[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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12 October 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I agree with Douglas in considering this his best film, in my opinion together with Man Without a Star. He is a lonely cowboy, living a meaningless life, beginning to realize his mistake about the way he lived. When he goes for his last stand, there is something desperate about it. At a certain moment we see Douglas running away from the police in the mountains, together with his horse Whiskey, when they see a wild cat (jaguar?, puma?). It is a memorable scene, because the three of them look sad, surpassed by the times, represented by the highway that is near. This film probably was made in Albuquerque, NM, I think I can recognize the Sandia Mountains on the background.

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