The Kentuckian (1955)


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Produced and directed by star Burt Lancaster, The Kentuckian is a leisurely western occasionally punctuated by spurts of startling brutality. The recently widowed Lancaster heads towards Texas with his son Donald McDonald. Most of the folks he meets, notably winsome schoolmarm Diana Lynn, bondslave Dianne Foster, and Lancaster's down-to-earth brother John McIntyre and sister-in-law Una Merkel, are pretty good souls, despite the raging family feud that motivates the plotline. The same cannot be … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Felix Holt, A.B. Guthrie Jr.
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On DVD: May 8, 2001
United Artists


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Critic Reviews for The Kentuckian

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Burt Lancaster's only effort as solo director is this slow-moving, flat, so-so western.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Kentuckian


You have to love Lancaster. He was and will always be a great actor. This one was a little timid but still a great westren.

Barry Lappin

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It's worth watching just to see Walter Matthau in his film debut as the mean bartender who's a genius with a bullwhip & the scene where he takes on an unarmed Lancaster was the best part of the movie.Other then that, It was just so so

Brody Manson

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