A fiercely independent cowboy gets himself locked up in prison to escape with an old friend.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Edward Abbey (novel)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... John W. "Jack" Burns
Gena Rowlands ... Jerry Bondi
Walter Matthau ... Sheriff Morey Johnson
Michael Kane 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 Lalo Rios ... Prisoner
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Storyline

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 Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

Life can never cage a man like this!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Tatort: Märchenwald (2004) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
Composed by Stephen Foster
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The original "First Blood".
12 June 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Hero See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Joel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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