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Lonely Are the Brave
     

Lonely Are the Brave

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Director: David Miller

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau

 

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Although it never quite escapes the pitfalls of pretension, this film was Kirk Douglas's bid for the affections of the art house crowd, and it remains one of his best efforts. The star plays unreconstructed "rugged individual" Jack Burns, who rides throughout the modern west knocking down man-made fences. Visiting his equally rebellious friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane

Overview

Although it never quite escapes the pitfalls of pretension, this film was Kirk Douglas's bid for the affections of the art house crowd, and it remains one of his best efforts. The star plays unreconstructed "rugged individual" Jack Burns, who rides throughout the modern west knocking down man-made fences. Visiting his equally rebellious friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane), Burns deliberately gets himself thrown in jail to be nearer his pal. Frustrated that Bondi doesn't want to join Burns on the road, Burns breaks out of jail, thereby becoming a fugitive. His trail is dogged by Sheriff Johnson (Walter Matthau), a frustrated frontiersman who secretly admires the freewheeling Burns. Meanwhile, a truck driver (Carroll O'Connor) is ominously driving down the highway with a truckload of toilets. If you think there's supposed to be some symbolism in this seemingly peripheral character, you're absolutely right. Bill Raisch, a genuine amputee who played the one-armed man on TV's The Fugitive, is Douglas' surly opponent in the café brawl sequence. Filmed on location in New Mexico, Lonely are the Brave was adapted by Dalton Trumbo from Edward Abbey's novel Brave Cowboy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Kirk Douglas exerted his considerable influence to produce this arty, allegorical Western. Based on a novel by Edward Abbey, the themes are similar to those of The Wild Bunch or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid from later in the same decade. The production values are low and some of the film's symbolism is less than subtle, but Dalton Trumbo's screenplay is filled with well-detailed character development and interaction. The film is visually sparse, perhaps even more minimalist than the budget requires. Jerry Goldsmith's fine score contributes to the atmosphere, and there are numerous outstanding performances, particularly from Douglas, Walter Matthau, and Gena Rowlands.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
UPC:
0025192018985
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
18,471

Special Features

Lonely are the brave: a tribute: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Douglas discuss the film's legacy; The Music of lonely are the brave: A look back at the film's memorable score by Jerry Goldsmith

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Jack Burns
Gena Rowlands Jerri Bondi
Walter Matthau Sheriff Johnson
Michael Kane Paul Bondi
Carroll O'Connor Hinton
George Kennedy Guitierrez
William Schallert Harry, Radio Operator
Karl Swenson Rev. Hoskins
Martin Garralaga Old Man
Lalo Rios Prisoner
Charles Bronson Actor
Bill Bixby Airman in helicopter
Bill Raisch "One Arm"
Dan Sheridan Deputy Glynn
William Mims First Deputy in Bar

Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Leon Barsha Editor
Kirk Douglas Producer
Edward Lewis Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Grayson Makeup
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Edward Mann Editor
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
David Silver Asst. Director
Robert Emmet Smith Art Director
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Frank H. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lonely Are the Brave
1. Compadres [6:24]
2. World of Rules [6:23]
3. Fixing Trouble [3:30]
4. One-Armed Brawl [6:50]
5. Breaking Into Jail [6:47]
6. Glad to See You [5:34]
7. Getting Involved [8:14]
8. Adio's Amigo [5:45]
9. In & Out [6:45]
10. On the Trail [3:09]
11. Closing In [:12]
12. Air Support [5:45]
13. Chasing Ghosts [4:41]
14. Practical Experience [6:21]
15. A Little Payback [8:54]
16. Up & Over [5:09]
17. In the Clear [6:11]
18. Reality Strikes [4:00]

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Lonely Are the Brave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carol27CM More than 1 year ago
I had to return this movie because of the sound track. Low and lower. Had to keep turning it up and then it would go really loud This is a great movie for those who buy it. I would recommend it to everyone who likes a good old movie. I would have gotten it again but the store did not have it in stock. will most likely purchase it again.