Kentuckian

The Kentuckian

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Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dianne Foster, Diana Lynn, John McIntire

     
 

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Produced and directed by star Burt Lancaster, The Kentuckian is a leisurely western occasionally punctuated by spurts of startling brutality. The recently widowed Lancaster heads towards Texas with his son Donald McDonald. Most of the folks he meets, notably winsome schoolmarm Diana Lynn, bondslave Dianne Foster, and Lancaster's down-to-earth brother John

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Produced and directed by star Burt Lancaster, The Kentuckian is a leisurely western occasionally punctuated by spurts of startling brutality. The recently widowed Lancaster heads towards Texas with his son Donald McDonald. Most of the folks he meets, notably winsome schoolmarm Diana Lynn, bondslave Dianne Foster, and Lancaster's down-to-earth brother John McIntyre and sister-in-law Una Merkel, are pretty good souls, despite the raging family feud that motivates the plotline. The same cannot be said of whip-wielding saloonkeeper Walter Matthau (in his film debut), who goads Lancaster into a bloody fight. Matthau wins this round, but he gets his just desserts before the final fadeout. Based on a novel by Felix Holt, The Kentuckian makes excellent use of Technicolor and Cinemascope, as well as the musical expertise of composer Bernard Herrmann.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
UPC:
0883904129301
Original Release:
1955
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Big Eli
Dianne Foster Hannah
Diana Lynn Susie
John McIntire Zack
Walter Matthau Bodine
Una Merkel Sophie
John Carradine Fletcher
John Litel Babson
Rhys Williams Constable
Edward Norris Gambler
Lee Erickson Luke
Clem Bevans Pilot
Lisa Ferraday Woman Gambler
Whip Wilson Actor
Donald MacDonald Little Eli
Douglas Spencer Fromes Brother
Paul Wexler Fromes Brother

Technical Credits
Burt Lancaster Director
Irving Gordon Songwriter
A.B. Guthrie Screenwriter
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Harold Hecht Producer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
William B. Murphy Editor
Norma Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Webb Musical Direction/Supervision

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The Kentuckian 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Timhrk More than 1 year ago
This may not have been the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's pretty close. However, it is an oddity. The dialog is weirdly stilted, about half the flick is this subplot that proves how dumb the Kentuckian is-he writes to the president of the united states about the value of a fresh water pearl. Walter Matthau has his first screen role, as a frontier villain who fights with a whip. The miscasting is astonishing. It was only five bucks, but the 90 minutes or so this tripe took from my life can never be replaced. Please Visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com