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Lonely Are the Brave
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Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Edward Abbey (novel)
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Release Date:
14 June 1962 (Mexico) See more »
Life can never cage a man like this!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... John W. "Jack" Burns

Gena Rowlands ... Jerry Bondi

Walter Matthau ... Sheriff Morey Johnson
Michael Kane ... Paul Bondi

Carroll O'Connor ... Hinton

William Schallert ... Harry

George Kennedy ... Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez

Karl Swenson ... Rev. Hoskins
William Mims ... First Deputy Arraigning Burns (as Bill Mims)
Martin Garralaga ... Old Man
Lalo Rios ... Prisoner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Bixby ... Airman in Helicopter (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Deputy in Canyon (uncredited)
Bill Raisch ... One Arm (uncredited)
Dan Sheridan ... Deputy Glynn (Comic Book) (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Convict (uncredited)
Vince St. Cyr ... Navajo Prisoner Who Escapes (uncredited)
Stuart Wade ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Vagrant Convict (uncredited)

Dan White ... Convict (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Miller 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Edward Abbey (novel "Brave Cowboy")

Produced by
Edward Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Leon Barsha 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert Smith)
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
James R. Alexander .... sound (uncredited)
James Curtis .... sound (uncredited)
Arthur B. Smith .... sound (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Christie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tim Donahue .... photographic coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stanley Kufel .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Peter V. Saldutti .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #20037) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Twentieth Century Fox composer Alfred Newman had admired Jerry Goldsmith's work on the TV series "Thriller" (1960) and recommended that the young composer be hired. It proved the first major credit in what would become a long and productive career as a film composer.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double when Burns is leading his horse up the mountain.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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38 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The original "First Blood"., 12 June 2004

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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