Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

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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

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Life can never cage a man like this!


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14 June 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Hero  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Burns begins to cross the river with Whisky, the background appears to be flat and desolate, but seen from a subsequent angle, many buildings appear in the background. 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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a powerful portrayal of a man left behind and way out of step with the times
27 September 2002 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

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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