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There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

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A charming but totally ruthless criminal is sent to a remote Arizona prison. He enlists the help of his cellmates in an escape attempt with the promise of sharing his hidden loot.

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Paris Pitman, Jr.
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Woodward W. Lopeman
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Dudley Whinner
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Floyd Moon
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The Missouri Kid
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Cyrus McNutt
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Mrs. Bullard
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Mr. Lomax
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Warden LeGoff
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Coy Cavendish
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Ah-Ping
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Tobaccy (as Alan Hale)
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Whiskey
Claudia McNeil ...
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Skinner
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Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Once upon a time, there was a crooked man. When he was good, he was very, very good. And when he was bad, it was murder...


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25 December 1970 (USA)  »

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Zwei dreckige Halunken  »

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Twelve rattlesnakes were used for a key scene but failed to hiss on cue. The hissing had to be dubbed in during post-production. See more »

Goofs

One of the escaping prisoners is shot from behind and falls on his stomach. Although there is an exit wound in his right abdomen, when he falls, there's apparently no entrance wound. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Lomax: A man works like a nigger all his life to get ahead. Some bastard just comes along and takes it from him.
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Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Abide with Me
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Word by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Music by William Monk 1861
Version sung by Hume Cronyn.
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" Man reaps what he sows and no one sows better than thee "
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The direction for this film owes it's life to Joseph L. Mankiewicz who guides this clever Western movie to it's eventual and Classic end. It's a great story dealing with the weakness in every man. " There was a Crooked Man " also deals with Life's opportunity for good and evil. The story centers it's sights on Paris Pitman (Kirk Douglas), Jr. a thieving conniving, unscrupulous con and sneaky gunman who is fortunately sent to a territorial prison where he collects a motley group of Convicts whom he persuade to join him in a grand escape. While at the prison, he is watched by Woodward W. Lopeman (Henry Fonda) the new prison warden who suspects that Pitman is much too clever to remain behind bars without attempting to escape. The movie is well directed and the prison convicts are notable actors which are a who's-who of talented Thespians who are easily recognizable. They include Hume Cronyn, Warren Oates, Burgess Meredith, John Randolph, Arthur O'Connell, Martin Gabel, Alan Hale Jr. and Victor French. Together they create a story which is interesting and well worth the title of Classic. Easily enjoyed and hardily recommended. ****


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