Lawman (1971)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Burt Lancaster Marshal Jered Maddox of Bannock
Robert Ryan Marshal Cotton Ryan of Sabbath
Lee J. Cobb Vincent Bronson, Town Boss
Robert Duvall Vernon Adams, Smalltime Rancher
Sheree North Laura Shelby, Hurd Price's Woman
Joseph Wiseman Lucas, Brothel Owner
J.D. Cannon Hurd Price
Albert Salmi Harvey Stenbaugh, Bronson's Head Man
Richard Jordan Crowe Wheelwright, Bronson Rider
John McGiver Sabbath Mayor Sam Bolden
Ralph Waite Jack Dekker, Bronson Rider
John Beck Jason Bronson, Vincent's Son
William Watson Choctaw Lee, Bronson Rider (as William C. Watson)
Walter Brooke Luther Harris, Sabbath Shopkeeper
Robert Emhardt Hersham
Bill Brimley Marc Corman
Hugh McDermott Moss
Charles Tyner Minister
Jan Burrell Hersham
Movie Details
Genre Western
Director Michael Winner
Producer Michael Winner
Writer Gerald Wilson
Studio MGM / UA; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating GP
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Burt Lancaster is excellent as the title character, a pitiless, unbending marshal out to arrest seven cowhands who left a dead man in the wake of a drunken tear, in this stoic, modern take on a classic Western theme. He confronts a rancher baron, trigger-happy gunmen, and the cowardly hypocrites of a frontier town: the usual bunch of Old West types sculpted into intriguing character by a crack cast. Robert Ryan brings a sad dignity to his former gunfighter tamed into a meek town marshal, and Lee J. Cobb is introspective and thoughtful as the aging cattleman weary of his life of violence: "It took guns to take this land, guns to keep it, and guns to make it grow.... Each time we bury the cost." Robert Duvall, Albert Salmi, and a young Richard Jordan (as an idealistic cowpoke whose sense of honor gets a workout in the complex conflicts) also star.

The first American feature by British director Michael Winner (who went on to make numerous tough Charles Bronson pictures, including the first three Death Wish movies) is lean and tough, with a streak of "passing of an era" melancholia, but surprisingly old-fashioned. The hard-edged, unsentimental violence, arid, austere look of the picture, and distracting overuse of zoom shots mark it as an unmistakable product of the early 1970s, but it's not so much cynical as sorrowful in its clash of ideals, and never less than clear-eyed in the presentation of harsh frontier realities. --Sean Axmaker

Personal Details
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Index 773
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/20/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 006
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 027616865809
Release Date 2002
Subtitles Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen