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
Picture of Harry Truman in the Sheriff's office, typically the President's portrait in a law enforcement office would be the current office holder. At the time this film was made (1962), it should have been a portrait of JFK. 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 »
Kirk Douglas stars as an independent modern day cowboy named Jack Burns who laments the age he lives in, and all the restrictive laws it represents. When Burns finds out an old friend is in prison, he makes the extraordinary decision to get himself arrested, and sent into that prison so that he can help his friend escape! Unfortunately for him, his friend does not want to escape, so Burns leaves on his own, which causes the authorities to pursue him, though he is now on horseback, and they are in jeeps and helicopters, leading to a sad an inevitable outcome...
Interesting film is a well acted and directed(David Miller) story of a stubborn man who is worthy of sympathy for being born a century too late, but his stubbornness brings the problem on himself, so viewer can only relate to his plight to a point, and the sheriff in pursuit(played by Walter Matthau) is in the right. By the end, the character I really felt bad for was that horse.
Look for Bill Bixby in his film debut as a helicopter pilot.
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