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Movie : Lawman

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A group of drunk cowboys shoot up a small town, having some fun. An old man is accidently killed in the recklessness. The next scene we see a lone man ride slowly into town. He’s a Lawman and the town folk react like he’s someone to be feared. The lawman goes and talks to the marshall inquiring about some local men, the drunken cowboys who shot up his town. He’s there to bring them back for trial. The marshall informs Maddox (Lawman) that these men on his list are all solid citizens not outlaws. Maddox gives him the old 24 hours to bring them in or he will hunt them down, bring them back for trial or kill them if he has to. Maddox is relentless and does his dirty job to the letter of the law. We watch this play out as the cowboys refuse to comply.

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This film is pretty simple. No big twists and turns. But there was so much that kept my attention. There’s some great cinematography. Michael Winner directed a lot of these types of films and I ate them up. But it’s the performances that got me in this one. Mainly Lee J. Cobb, Robert Ryan, Sheree North, Robert Duvall, Richard Jordan and Burt Lancaster. There are some light weight town characters but when the actors I  mentioned go to work each one of them brings living breathing human beings. Worth the watch for CB. They all have lots of life going on in their characters. Turmoil. Perfect casting. Some of that real good western dialogue is sprinkled in.

Burt brings a stoic, natural realism get the job done presence. No push. He is the character and you believe it. Every once in a while he lets his human side out but most the time there is just a meanness under the surface. A violent man.

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There is a real dark ominous, roughness to this film and it’s very violent. CB was a big duster fan (still is) and Burt Lancaster fan. So he got what he wanted in Lawman. This one has stayed with me for a long time. Is this the best western ever made? No but it’s worth a watch.

Maddox isn’t leaving until his job is done or someone is going to die.

 

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40 comments on “Movie : Lawman

  1. 1537
    July 8, 2018

    Not one I know.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 8, 2018

      Yes you do. We’ve seen this all before but CB likes to repeat himself especially when Burt has no sense of humor.

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2018

        Have you done Warlock yet? one of my very favourite films ever, let alone favourite westerns.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        No I haven’t even seen it. It’s one of your recommendations I have been seeking. Can I see that guest take?

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2018

        I haven’t watched it since I was 18 … which is an increasingly long time ago. Tell you what I’ll order myself a copy and we’ll take it from there – I’m struggling to put out more than a post a week at the moment, so don’t expect much anytime soon – but I will do it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        When you first mentioned the film i thought you meant the horror version. Don’t be sweating it. I’m not going anywhere and I have a stockpile in reserve.

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2018

        ‘I’ve killed 45 men and tonight I’m gonna run up the score!’

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        Lines like that are why we love the genre. Good cast and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Widmark film where he doesnt get killed. Don’t tell me.

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2018

        Anthony Quinn too – another fella who rarely made it to the closing credits.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        I have a take coming up on ‘Ox Bow’ and yeah old Tony got his neck stretched. He’s did some good flicks.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        “We deal in lead” from Magnificent 7 is one of my faves. I want to say that to somebody.

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      • 1537
        July 8, 2018

        If you were a scrap metal merchant specializing in heavy waterproof materials, maybe?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        Churhchurgchurg! That is beautiful. Nothing like giving the right response. I’can’t improve on that. Maybe that’s what McQueen was in the film?

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  2. Jim S.
    July 8, 2018

    CB’s run out of the famous Westerns and he’s now down to the drive-in features.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 8, 2018

      I’ve been living in an old abandoned drive-in for the last 50 years.

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      • Jim S.
        July 8, 2018

        See if you can find “The Hills Have Eyes” in the inventory. Sure to scare your gal and have her cuddling with you.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        Heard of it but never seen it. I like a good horror once in a while. I will put it on the to “watch soon” list. The ones that scare the shit out of me are romantic comedies.

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      • Jim S.
        July 8, 2018

        We went to see some other flick but then they showed this one too. A family is out in the desert in a trailer and gets invaded by a bunch of whack jobs. Scary. At least it seemed like it at the time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2018

        First thing is, you never go camping in a trailer in the desert especially in the States.

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      • Jim S.
        July 8, 2018

        Wes Craven flick, BTW.

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  3. J.
    July 8, 2018

    I was thinking I’d seen this, but I realise I haven’t!! This looks pretty brilliant… gotta love a good brutal western with a lawman who’s all about asking questions later…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 8, 2018

      It has some of the cliches but it has some off beat choices, Lancaster’s performance is a CB fave. Cold and violent. I like that he doesn’t play scary he just is. I also think he was underrated as an actor.

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      • J.
        July 10, 2018

        Cold and violent is what you’re looking for sometimes. Not often you get that nowadays. The chap Bardem in No Country For Old Men, is as close as we get.

        And your right aboutLancaster being underrated. Guess it was tough given there were so many great actors around at the time…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 10, 2018

        Bardem fit the bill. That was a whole other level of bad.
        I guess I’ve seen just about all Burts stuff. Local Hero done on your side was a sleeper good film.

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      • J.
        July 11, 2018

        I’ve never seen that!! One of those that sat among my old man’s VHS collection, but I’m ashamed to say I’d never dug it out!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 11, 2018

        Another good later Burt was Atlantic City. Small time criminal. Probably my next Lancaster will be Scalphunters or Valdez is Coming. Did I say I liked Burt?

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      • J.
        July 12, 2018

        I don’t think I’ve even seen that!! I dare say I haven’t seen enough Burt…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 12, 2018

        Stick with me J, you will see movies where You and I will be the only two people that have watched them.

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      • J.
        July 12, 2018

        Excellent! That’s the kinda movies I like, CB!!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 12, 2018

        Just finished a book about one of your countryman ‘The Forest Laird’ by a Canadian writer Jack Whyte. A Bill Wallace tale.

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      • J.
        July 12, 2018

        Ah! The outlaw Willie, eh? How was the book?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 12, 2018

        I liked it. I’ve read some of Whytes other books. Not the usual style I read but i think it was well done. I’m not a Willie expert but I think the research was done and woven into a good story. He certainly doesn’t hold back on the harshness of the times. I’m guessing Wallace is held in pretty high esteem over there?

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      • J.
        July 12, 2018

        You bet, CB. Hard to imagine anyone being held higher.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 12, 2018

        Well in that case Whyte certainly captures the whole fight for the common man. Special human being.

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  4. Tony
    July 13, 2018

    Hm,I’ve not heard of this but it sounds right up my alley. Or… right in my salon.I’ll have to check it out
    Surprised it was directed by Michael Winner; he became something of a joke here thanks to a series of adverts he made for a car insurance.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 13, 2018

      Obviously I like the film (I did a take on it). Great cast. Not high art but there is something very good about it. Uneven maybe but then that “something” kicks in.
      Not up on Winner’s commercial work but I do know he made a few other films I liked and made a few that sent me packing. I was into that 70’s tough guy thing he did with Bronson (that went south), Mechanic, Death Wish,

      Speaking of tough guys “Bloods A Rover” is calling me from my bookshelf. My next read I guess.

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      • Tony
        July 13, 2018

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 13, 2018

        I don’t know what to say…. Good for him to collect a paycheck. Out of all the choices, why Mike? Quiet unassuming man who makes very violent pictures, I guess.

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      • Tony
        July 14, 2018

        I’ve reached a temporary road block with Ellroy. I’ve got “Cold Six Thousand” on the shelves but I’m reluctant to start without a) finishing the LA series or b) reading American Tabloid

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 14, 2018

        That’s how I read his books. I have his last couple sitting there unread. It’s like a bottle of good wine. Savour them. I guess when I catch up I’ll start over again. I have a few other books by my favorite authors that are waiting for me.

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