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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 21 May 1962 (UK)
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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 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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Life can never cage a man like this!

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Hero See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Joel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When preparing a compilation of film clips for Kirk Douglas' life achievement award by the Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg couldn't locate footage from this film, and asked Universal Pictures for a clip. Spielberg recommended to the studio that the film be green-lit for preservation, which it was. See more »

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9 minutes into the movie when Jerry Bondi is putting ham into the frying pan, the bread bin next to her is shut. A couple of seconds later, it is open. 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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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 »


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It's Hard to Understand Why Kirk Douglas Was Ignored for an Oscar!
31 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

...........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL

"Some things never change...and some things remain the same!" A college philosophy professor of mine had a penchant for utilizing this quote at, seemingly, the most inappropriate of times. After watching Lonely Are the Brave, his phrase re-surfaced and, perhaps, I finally got it.

How this early sixties masterpiece has flown under my radar, and just about everyone else's, for half a century, I'll never know. From the very opening scene, LONELY has a unique way of punctuating every detail, each occurrence, that was very Avantgarde for 1962.

The opening minutes are probably the most surprising of any "Western" I've ever seen, serving both to highlight the condition of dead-man-walking cultural anachronism of its protagonist and as a foreshadowing of events. In the "Making of..." special features short,(Please, don't miss it!) both Kirk Douglas (Jack Burns) and son, Michael, agree that "Lonely" constitutes both Kirk's favorite film and characterization. And it shows. It's hard to fathom why he was denied even the recognition of a nomination.

The film revolves around Jack's quest to help his best friend avoid serving a 2 year prison term for, of all things: smuggling, aiding and abetting "wetbacks"! (Some things never change!) But who is going to save Jack from himself? Jack's horse, "Whiskey" co-stars. No flippancy, whatsoever, there, just simple fact! Gena Rowlands (Decades younger here than in "Notebook") does a superb job in a supporting role as best friend's wife/suppressed love interest.

Most of the rest of the cast shines, especially a relatively young and unknown Walter Matthau as the very intense, but low-key Sheriff. The B+W photography and editing are both artistic and extremely well-crafted. This film holds up, as few others, to the test of time. In fact, it is perhaps more relevant today than it was in 62! What a subtle, but resoundingly powerful message it delivers.

10*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome! ....


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