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Lonely are the Brave

Lonely are the Brave (1962)


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Release Date: May 24, 1962 Wide



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David Miller helmed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's mournful masterpiece, a hymn to rugged individualism and freedom slowly being strangled to death by voracious urban development. Kirk Douglas, a Korean War vet, is a footloose cowboy who lives most of his life under the stars, going from job to job, and not averse to cutting his way through barbed-wire fences when they get in his way. His uncompromising spirit is severely challenged when he breaks out of jail after a minor offense, and the entire


Western, Drama

Jul 7, 2009

Universal Studios

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David Miller builds sturdily on Philip Lathrop's widescreen cinematography, but Douglas and Dalton Trumbo's screenplay are the auteurs here

November 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Kirk Douglas produced and starred in this elegiac Western, scripted by Dalton Trumbo, which laments the vanishing Old West, its heroes and their mores, replaced by a modern world dominated by progress and technology.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Kirk Douglas remains the epitome of the rugged individual in the classic neo-western Lonely Are the Brave

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Douglas oferece uma atuação curiosamente divertida, mas o roteiro de Dalton Trumbo (normalmente um mestre) fracassa ao se concentrar na longa perseguição em vez de fornecer elementos para que possamos comprender melhor as motivações do protagonista.

May 2, 2009
Cinema em Cena

One of only a few Kirk Douglas films where the hammy actor didn't want to make me gag.

February 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kirk's favorite, and a true classic.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Lonely are the Brave

Observant drama of a maverick cowboy whose way of life has almost entirely disappeared. What he perceives as a good deed for a friend turns out to ultimately be a life and death struggle for him. Excellent work by a cast of familiar faces with Walter Matthau very good as a world weary sheriff and especially outstanding Kirk Douglas, in his own favorite of his performances. The ending is heart rending.
April 17, 2012
jay nixon

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I'm beginning to wonder if Kirk Douglas ever gave a bad performance. If you only know him from Spartacus then you don't know what you're missing. His lesser known films, like Ace in the Hole, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, Paths of Glory, and Lonely are the Brave are a testament to his talent and his enormous contributions to the art of movie making.
September 13, 2009
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Lonely are the Brave is an underrated classic that never seemed to get is due. A mostly great story (I did nod off a couple times but to the film's credit, it was past 4AM), some great acting (this movie--along with Ace in the Hole--is a monument to my underappreciation of Kirk Douglas), some fine direction and some d a m n fine cinematography make for a memorable moviegoing experience. This is a sort of upbeat movie for a movie about such a doomed character and Douglas plays John (Jack for short) Burns with an almost naive optimism in a way that's hopeful but almost jarring at the same time. The supporting performances (particularly Walter Matthau) were great, but despite Lonely are the Brave (original title of The Last Cowboy is much more appropriate) being made at the right time in history, it was made kind of too early in cinematic history for its own good. File between Easy Rider precursors and High Sierra with a dash of Hud.
July 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

ok i got sucked into this one. cowboy vs. modern world; not a huge fan of westerns or douglas but this was a heartbreaker. great script by dalton trumbo tho i'm not sure who came up with that title lol. with walter matthau, lovely young gena rowlands, oh, and george kennedy plays a mexican (!)
June 21, 2008
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

    1. Jack Burns: I hate to lose those back teeth.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Jack Burns: There are some things you just don't call a man.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
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