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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, Dianne Foster, Walter Matthau, Donald MacDonald
  • Directors: Burt Lancaster
  • Writers: A.B. Guthrie Jr., Felix Holt
  • Producers: Harold Hecht, James Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00015N58I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Kentuckian Eli Wakefield (Burt Lancaster) longs for the excitement of the Texas frontier, but when he sets out on the long journey to realise his dreams he soon finds his progress impeded by the people he meets along the way. The mad whip-wielding Bodine (Walter Matthau) wants to kill him, the beautiful schoolmistress Susie (Diana Lynn) wants to tame him, whilst all Eli wants to do is reach Texas in one piece.

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Burt Lancaster's one and only feature as star and director, The Kentuckian, has a bedrock American folk tale at its core, but scarcely a clue how to tell it. For all his balletic control as an actor-athlete, Lancaster shows no sense of how a film should move and breathe over an hour and a half, or how to make the characters' growth or changes of mind credible.

It's the early 18th century--Monroe is president--and buckskin-clad Lancaster and his son (Donald MacDonald) are lighting out for Texas. "It ain't we don't like people--we like room more." They plan briefly to visit Lancaster's tobacco-dealer brother (John McIntire) in the river town of Humility, and then move on. But there are complications from a long-running feud, and some nasty baiting from a whip-cracking storekeeper (Walter Matthau in his film debut); the need to replace their "Texas money" after buying freedom for a bondservant (Dianne Foster); also the matter of deciding who's prettier, her or the local schoolmarm (Diana Lynn).

Lancaster aims for some quaint Americana--a sing-along to the tinkling of a pianoforte, a jaw-dropping riverside production number--and there's one nifty bit of action based on how long it took to reload a flintlock rifle. But mostly this film just lies there in overlit CinemaScope. --Richard T Jameson


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