In order to free his best friend Paul Bondi from jail, cowboy Jack Burns gets himself imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased in the mountains by sheriff Johnson with a helicopter and jeeps.Written by
Kirk Douglas assembled the cast and crew through his production company, Joel Productions, recruiting ex-blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had written Spartacus (1960), to write the screenplay. See more »
During the scene when the Sheriff is facing the hovering helicopter and talking to the pilot by radio, on Matthau's closeups, the shadow of the helicopter has been positioned behind him. Only the sun is behind the Sheriff and the helicopter's shadow would be way in front of the jeep, not behind. See more »
[to his horse, as he watches jets leave contrails across the sky]
Time we took off, too.
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the credits at the beginning of the film use a font with uppercase consonants and lower case vowels (of various sizes) , but for the names only. See more »
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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