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5.0 out of 5 stars Lawman, Burt Lancaster
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...
Published on 29 May 2005 by john89521

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3.0 out of 5 stars A great Western but a criminal DVD transfer
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...
Published on 12 Oct 2008 by Trevor Willsmer


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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
This review is from: Lawman [DVD] (DVD)
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.
JJ
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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
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TheHighlander (Richfield, PA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lawman [VHS] [1971] (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
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lawman [DVD] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a lawman. Do you know what a lawman is, Crowe? He's a killer of men., 9 Dec 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lawman [DVD] (DVD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 'new' style western, 15 Nov 2013
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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.

Very gritty,realistic and with violent scenes that were shown full on leaving nothing to the imagination.

It's also probably the late Michael Winners best film by far thanks to tremendous performances by Burt Lancaster,Robert Ryan,Sheree North and Lee J Cobb.

Robert Duvall was to become iconic in his roles playing cowboys later in his career and has a minor role here.

It a terrific film and a superb example of the much more violent style adopted by many directors in this genre such asDuel At Diablo [DVD] [1966],The Wild Bunch - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD],Ulzana's Raid [DVD],Soldier Blue [DVD] [1970].

Curiously these days most westerns are cut or edited for any appearance of cruelty to horses i.e. falls using tripwires, and not for graphic violence between cowboys or Indians.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great Western but a criminal DVD transfer, 12 Oct 2008
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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. Although uncut (the Region 2 PAL release has a minor cut to remove an illegal horse fall), sadly MGM/UA's Region 1 DVD is a stinker of a transfer, looking like it was shot through a dirty window. The trailer is the only extra.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars man of principle-too late to change with time., 4 July 2005
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Lawman was seen in early 70's when I was too young but i tell you Burt Lancaster left a lasting impression on me which I remember it till today whenever i think of this movie-so you can imagine 35 yrs is a long time but not enough for this movie is too good, specially with the very outstanding cast -such as Robert Ryan and Lee J Cobb and Robert Duvall. it is a must see movie for the lovers of Western movies.I am glad it came on dvd,and i grabbed it as soon it came.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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The DVD was a favorite for my husband, who wanted to watch it again. He thoroughly enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite westerns, 13 Jun 2014
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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 group of cattlemen who are suspected of an accidental killing in his own. His tough unbending, no comprise attitude to his job rapidly alienates most of the locals. Tensions rapidly escalate leading to a series of violent confrontations. Well supported by Lee J Cobb and Robert Ryan, this movie has a fine cast of characters and memorable dialogue. It raises interesting issues about the nature of duty and law enforcement before climaxing in an extremely violent final showdown.

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1.0 out of 5 stars films to keep, 17 May 2014
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this was always a film that i liked on vhs.i 'm pleased with the service received .I will keep searching for titles .
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