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Lonely Are The Brave [DVD]
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1960s Western starring Kirk Douglas as an outlaw on the run. Jack Burns (Douglas) is a man who very much lives by his own rules. His code of loyalty is so strong that he purposefully lands himself in jail in order to help his friend Bondi (Gena Rowlands) escape. To his surprise Bondi doesn't want to leave the prison so Jack breaks out on his own and takes to the road. He is pursued relentlessly by Sheriff Morey Johnson (Walter Matthau), who though he sympathises with Jack's desire to live on his own terms, believes in the modern code that no man is above the law...
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Superb quality..sans sub titles and put in english audio mode this is the real deal..
Great film and great dvd.
In the story Burns is a cowboy who rejects modern technology and is unable to embrace modern society. He would not like todays computer age! In the film he says " A Westerner likes open country. That means he's got to hate fences. And the more fences there are, the more he hates them". This sums up his personal philosophy. Burns has no social security card, no driving licence and refuses to register for the draft. In short something of a rebel. When a close friend is jailed, he thinks nothing of deliberately getting himself arrested and trying to spring his friend. There is a very entertaining scene where he fights a one armed man in a bar to achieve this. In jail his friend refuses his help so Jack escapes anyway and takes to his splendid horse "Whiskey". Together they head for the mountains pursued by the law making full use of modern technology in the form of vehicles and helicopters. Jack has an appointment with destiny.
The film is helped with a good cast.Read more ›
It is a well told and moving film about the deep loyalty of one man towards another and the close bond between a man and his horse. The cowboy's loathing of the many restrictions imposed on his way of life in the modern day American west proves to be his undoing.
John (Jack) W. Burns is an old school cowboy who refuses to adapt to the new world he finds himself in. Modern technology is alien to him and he would rather perpetually roam with his horse Whiskey than ever contemplate getting in a car or a jet. Upon learning that his dear friend Paul (Michael Kane) is in jail, it's not long before Jack himself finds he's in jail after a barroom fight.....and then promptly sets about breaking Paul and himself out. Only Paul doesn't want to go, he wont jeopardise the family life waiting for him on the outside by becoming a fugitive. Jack escapes and heads for the hills on Whiskey, with the law, and all their modern technology, in hot pursuit.
Officially Douglas' favourite film in his long and varied career, Lonely Are The Brave is a wonderfully elegiac picture about a man out of his time. Boosted by impeccable lead performances, a great script and gorgeous black & white photography, it's hard to believe it was met with a lukewarm response upon its release. Set in 1950s New Mexico the film elegantly tells how the frontier is vanishing; to be replaced by progress and technology. Douglas' character, a wandering cowboy, is a symbol of nostalgia, where Trumbo's screenplay offers a cautionary observation about restriction of freedom and individuality. Themes close to home with the writer with the HUAC incidents still fresh in the memory.Read more ›
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One of my favourite films, never tiring of seeing it. So glad I found it was now available on DVD for the U.K.Published 5 months ago by robert hall
Wonderful film with the great Kirk Douglas as a man at odds with the modern world. He wins the struggle against cliffs and rough terrain with his horse Whiskey in an environment... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr Watson
I'm writing this before buying the disc - however I have seen the movie - and it is all that my fellow reviewers say it is - i.m.o., one of the best Westerns ever made. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Don Juandre
Great once it got away from the kitchen-sink scenes with Gena Rowlands and her 1940s- or 1950s-style, stilted acting.Published 12 months ago by Bill TKD