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Lawman [DVD]

Burt Lancaster , Robert Ryan , Michael Winner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Producers: Michael Winner
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028HCFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Michael Winner directs veterans Robert Ryan, Burt Lancaster and Lee J. Cobb in this western set in Mexico. Marshal Jered Maddox (Lancaster) is a ruthless and dedicated lawman. When a bunch of cowboys on a drunken spree accidentally kill an old man, Maddox pursues them to the town of Sabbath, where the group's leader (Lee J. Cobb) appeals to the local Marshal (Robert Ryan) for arbitration.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawman, Burt Lancaster 29 May 2005
An uncompromising Lawman sets out to bring to trial a bunch of cowhands who shot up his town and killed an old man while he was away.
Lancaster plays 'Maddox' the Lawman set on bringing the men to trial. 'Cotten Ryan' played by Robert Ryan is excellent as the 'bought' town Sheriff, himself a Lawman of some reput who has had enough 'gun play' and opted for the quite life.
In this film you have a range of cowboy types, the young kid, the rough and ready hired hands, the ranch owner and his hard headed brother 'Harv'.
The gun play at the end of this film is the most intense confrontion ever filmed, you feel each characters emotions as if they were your own.
This is a film which deserves more acclaim.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk About True Grit ! ! ! 26 Feb 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I got this movie from the United States Amazon.
Burt Lancaster plays Marshal Jared Maddox. Maddox is an unforgiving, hard as nails man that does not compromise. He sees everything in black and white. The law is to upheald and justice served at all costs. When a group of drunken cowboys shoot up his town returning from a cattle drive when he is out on the trail a man dies. The group doing the shooting was just "having fun" and was not intent on hurting anyone but still Maddox sees that a man has died and justice must be served.
He sets out in pursuit of the group. He finds them in another town and finds that the leader of the cattle drive actually owns the town. He must fact the town and the cowboys on his own and he does not shrink of the task. The local marshall, a former gunfighter, knows the kind of man he is looking at when he looks at Maddox. He tries to explain to everyone that this is an uncompromising man, a man that is harder than the land and harder than the times. But no one will listen.
One by one the cowboys fall as they try to face Maddox town until the final scene where four of them ride into town to set things right.
I had never pictured Burt Lancaster playing a hard driven, hard hearted character like this. I was very pleased with this movie. If you like westerns you will absolutely love this movie. If you like classics you should enjoy this movie. If you like well defined characters in your movies you will like this movie. In short, an outstanding movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare winner from Winner 12 Mar 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
If nothing else, Lawman proves that there is such a thing as a script so good that not even Michael Winner could screw it up, although having an excellent cast doesn't hurt. Burt Lancaster is the lawman of the title, determined to bring in several cattlemen (Robert Duvall among them) only to find that the local boss Lee J. Cobb owns the town and its once famous, now cowardly world-weary sheriff Robert Ryan, who all but steals the film. Curiously, Ryan far preferred this film to The Wild Bunch, though that may be down to Winner's deference to his stars compared with the thoroughly miserable time he had working with Peckinpah (there's another Peckinpah connection in composer Jerry Fielding, who contributes a good, brooding score). Joseph Wiseman, Richard Jordan, Albert Salmi and Sheree North are also thrown into the mix, and surprisingly all of them have well defined characters in what becomes an increasingly complex morality play about the void between what's legal and what's practical as Lancaster begins to realize that his strict adherence to the letter of the law has left him with nothing else in his life.

At times Gerald Wilson's script is perhaps a tad overwritten - everyone gets their big scene explaining their worldview, with no-one truly bad, merely weak - but it's a forgivable weakness. Winner's not quite as overly reliant on crash zooms as usual, though his characteristic laziness does manifest itself in one scene that has characters ride up to Cobb's house in darkness and come into the room in daylight, but for someone like Winner that's almost verging on the competent by his standards. Be warned that the UK DVD release is slightly cut to remove an offending illegal horse fall.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Lawman is directed by Michael Winner and written by Gerry Wilson. It stars Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Sheree North and Richard Jordan. Music is by Jerry Fielding and cinematography by Robert Paynter.

The Lawman of the title is Jared Maddox (Lancaster), who arrives in the town of Sabbath to serve warrants on the group of rowdies responsible for the death of an old man. His cold hearted approach to his work, however, doesn't endear him to the townsfolk.

A man gets caught in his own doing. Can't change what you are, and if you try, something always calls you back.

Traditional Western that deals in the conflict between law and justice, Lawman, like the leading man, broods significantly. The overriding theme of if Maddox's enforcement of the law justify's the means, is tailor made for Winner's affinity for all things vengeance flavoured. Violence is not in short supply, the director gleefully keeping things gory, and the characterisations of the principal players are smartly complex. The excellent cast turn in equally great performances, the Durango locales are beautifully utilised by Winner and Paynter, and the production design is grade "A" quality.

It's an anti-backlash movie of some substance, where spicy and thoughtful dialogue comes forth from the mouths of deftly shaded characters. Highly recommended to Adult Western fans. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The DVD was a favorite for my husband, who wanted to watch it again. He thoroughly enjoyed it
Published 4 days ago by Christine Mottershead
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite westerns
This is one of my western westerns. Directed by Michael Winner, it stars Burt Lancaster as a totally professional marshal who rides into an unfamiliar town, intent on arresting a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Garfield Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars films to keep
this was always a film that i liked on vhs.i 'm pleased with the service received .I will keep searching for titles .
Published 1 month ago by John Harries
5.0 out of 5 stars Ride em cowboy
Got this for my brother he's a big western fan ,what a bargain been after it for ages ride em cowboy yee haaaa
Published 4 months ago by DAVID ROY HUGHES
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 'new' style western
This was one of the 'new' type of westerns that had begun to change in the mid-60's following the success of the 'spaghetti' westerns. Read more
Published 8 months ago by robert stirling
5.0 out of 5 stars burt is the lawman.
I watched this film many years ago and could not get it anywhere until now.
This has got to be one of burt Lancaster best film . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite quotation from any movie
I first saw this film in the 70's and it has been one of my favourites ever since ... if it's on TV ... I watch it ... every now and then it makes its way into the DVD player ... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tony King
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Western
This is the type of western that makes a western what it is. Burt Lancaster is just brilliant in the lead role and in many ways in a western context it reminds me so much of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Baskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
I thought this was a good film. A really good western. You cannot tell where it's going.Great ending. Fair price.
Published 16 months ago by Ryland
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Winner's Winners
With the recent death of Michael Winner (1/21/13), I decided to go back and revisit several of his movies (which I have done on many occasions) and the one that always makes the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
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