There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
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as Paris Pitman, Jr.
as Woodward W. Lopeman
as Dudley Whinner
as Floyd Moon
as The Missouri Kid
as Cyrus McNutt
as Mr. Lomax
as Warden Le Goff
as Coy Cavendish
as Mrs. Bullard
as Ah-Ping Woo
as Miss Jessie Brundidg...
as Col. Wolff
as Mrs. Lomax
as Town Council Member
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...a solid little Western that's worth a look if only for its refreshingly cynical sensibilities.
O senso de humor do filme desarma de maneira brilhante o espectador, pegando-o completamente de surpresa com o cinismo de seu terceiro ato.
Audience Reviews for There Was a Crooked Man
I suspect that the writers and the director (Joseph Mankiewicz) would be better suited for comedic endeavors than serious, dramatic westerns. This is one picture that is far too light-hearted to be taken seriously. Even the violence, and there is lots of it, seems slapstick and frivolous. It's a shame that such a great cast was wasted on shallow, forgettable material.
The ending ruined it. It was inconsistent with the light-heartedness of most of the rest of the film e.g. bath time for everyone. Pitman insisted that he was a son of a bitch, but what he did during the escape was still shocking. And Lopeman's final decision was completely out of character.
Another '70's dark comedy and western classic. Entertaining and true to its era, the movie feels like a 2 hour critic of established morality.
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