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Lawman (1971)

 -  Western  -  4 August 1971 (USA)
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A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

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While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken, trail-weary cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill an old man with a stray shot. They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death. Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone involved on a charge of murder. Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot, who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident. Maddox, however, will not compromise even though small ranchers like Vern Adams are not in a position to desert their responsibilities for a long and protracted trial. Sabbath's marshal, Cotton Ryan, is an aging lawman whose tough reputation rests on a single incident that occurred years before. Ryan admits to being only a shadow of what he once was and incapable of stopping Maddox. Maddox confides to Ryan that Bannock's judicial system is weak and corrupt, and while he's doubtful that anyone he brings back will suffer more than the ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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He gave the West justice right up to its neck... then rammed more down its throat.

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Rated R for violent content | See all certifications »

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O Homem da Lei  »

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SEK 530,187 (Sweden)
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Trivia

According to the hotel ledger, Maddox checks in on Friday, May 13, 1887. See more »

Goofs

When Vernon Adams (Robert Duvall) first aims down on Maddox (Burt Lancaster) with his rifle from above, Maddox is riding away from him up a long draw. Immediately afterward, Maddox is still traveling up the draw and looks up and sees Vernon in front of him and above him aiming down at him. The positions switched 180 degrees. See more »

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Vincent Bronson, Town Boss: We buried brother Jacob here. I had a brother Aaron beside him. They had enough of guns and killing. The dead don't have much.
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A nightmare becomes reality.
13 April 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The character of Lancaster (Maddox) as a lawman, implacable and unbeatable is a nightmare becoming reality.It makes you think of a strict justice that puts you on the electric chair for slightly going over the speed limit. The cowboys are to blame for going on a wild celebration on a small town, where an old man ends up getting killed . But in no way they deserve what is coming to them when Lancaster arrives. Maddox is so infallible in everything he does that there is something supernatural to him. The same type showed up more elaborate in Clint Eastwood' s `Pale Rider', but whereas Clint could be looked on as a hero, Lancaster is a cold blooded killer. As the film goes along we tend to dislike him more, and feel sorry for Lee. J. Cobb, Robert Duvall and some other cowboys. Sheree North is the woman who was once beautiful, but now looks worn out by age and hard life. Robert Ryan, always a great presence, is the man who is tired of having to prove his courage in gunfights and thinks he deserves a quiet, more stable life. When `Lawman' came out, it was considered an imitation of the spaghetti westerns, but seeing it today you realize there is much more to it.


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