The Lonely Man

Overview

Based on a 1941 movie entitled Shepherd of the Hills, this is the story of a gunfighter who decides to return home after 17 years to make amends with his son. The son blames him for his mother's death and the reconciliation is difficult. Although there are many side action lines -- old enemies still gunning for him and new friends not sure who to root for -- the main theme is that of the interaction between father and son. The push toward one last battle is made secondary. Short on plot, this film features good ...
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Overview

Based on a 1941 movie entitled Shepherd of the Hills, this is the story of a gunfighter who decides to return home after 17 years to make amends with his son. The son blames him for his mother's death and the reconciliation is difficult. Although there are many side action lines -- old enemies still gunning for him and new friends not sure who to root for -- the main theme is that of the interaction between father and son. The push toward one last battle is made secondary. Short on plot, this film features good performances by Jack Palance and Anthony Perkins.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it has some superficial similarities to such better "character" Westerns as Unforgiven and Shane, The Lonely Man is at best an average entry into this subgenre. Credit is due to Lonely for trying to be something other than a "shoot 'em up," but its good intentions don't disguise the fact that Lonely ultimately is a meandering, unfocused study of characters that don't have the depth to deserve such study. The melodrama far outweighs the genuine drama, and there's an air of mawkishness that permeates the entire film. To make matters worse, the screenplay tends to build to a number of false climaxes -- moments that seem as if they're going to move things forward but end of petering out instead. Lonely does have a very solid cast, with the very capable Jack Palance and Anthony Perkins in the leads. But Palance isn't given enough to work with, and Perkins can't make the character anything but petulant and whiny. The supporting cast is equally well qualified, with the likes of Neville Brand, Elisha Cook Jr., and Lee Van Cleef; if they come off somewhat better than the leads, it's because they aren't being asked to carry the film on such thin material. The Lonely Man's biggest asset is its stunning Lionel Lindon cinematography, a moody, beautiful black-and-white celebration of the landscape and the people who inhabit it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • UPC: 883316956250
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,499

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Palance Jacob Wade
Anthony Perkins Riley Wade
Neville Brand King Fisher
Robert Middleton Ben Ryerson
Elisha Cook Jr. Willie
Claude Akins Blackburn
Lee Van Cleef Faro
Harry Shannon Dr. Fisher
James Bell Judge Hart
Adam Williams Lon
Denver Pyle Sheriff
John Doucette Sundown Whipple
Paul Newlan Fence Green
Billy Dix
Milton Frome
Ken Hooker
Wesley Hudman
Dirk London
Bill Meader
Zon Murray
Tudor Owen
Dick Ryan
Russell Simpson
Philip Van Zandt Burnsey
Dan White
Taggart Casey
Elaine Aiken Ada Marshall
Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Robert Bradfield Set Decoration/Design
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Pat Duggan Producer
Harry J. Essex Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Bernard McEveety Asst. Director
William B. Murphy Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Robert Smith Screenwriter
Van Cleave Score Composer
Nathan VanCleave Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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