During the Rif War in Morocco, the French Foreign Legion's outpost of Tarfa is threatened by Khalif Hussein's tribes but Sergeant Mike Kincaid devises a plan of survival until the arrival of French reinforcements.
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.
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
During the opening scene when Bronson's rowdies tear up the town of Bannock, in two views of the local hotel, the town's name is spelled Bannock. Later, when Sheriff Maddox checks into the hotel in Sabbath, he signs in as a resident of Bannach. See more »
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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