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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, 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...
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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, 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.
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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.
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  • Release Date: 3/1/1992
  • UPC: 096898014335
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Jack Burns
Gena Rowlands Jerri Bondi
Walter Matthau Sheriff Johnson
Mike 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
Bill Bixby Airman in helicopter
Charles Bronson
William Mims First Deputy in Bar
Bill Raisch "One Arm"
Dan Sheridan Deputy Glynn
Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Leon Barsha Editor
Kirk Douglas Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
David Grayson Makeup
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Edward Lewis Producer
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
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great older movie

    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.

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