There Was a Crooked Man (1970)


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This satirical western concerns the robbery by Paris Pitman Jr. (Kirk Douglas) and the lure of the hidden loot somewhere in the desert. Paris has robbed Lomax (Arthur O'Connell) and hidden the money in a pair of women's bloomers. He drops off the garment in a rattlesnake pit for safekeeping and heads for a bordello. The robbery victim identifies Paris as the robber when he sees him through a voyeuristic peephole frolicking with two joy girls. Lomax summons the sheriff Woodward Lopeman (Henry … More

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: David Newman, Robert Benton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


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 Whiskey

as Mrs. Bullard

as Ah-Ping Woo

as Skinner

as Miss Jessie Brundidg...

as Col. Wolff

as Prostitute

as Mrs. Lomax

as Town Council Member

as Tobaccy
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Critic Reviews for There Was a Crooked Man

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

...a solid little Western that's worth a look if only for its refreshingly cynical sensibilities.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

O senso de humor do filme desarma de maneira brilhante o espectador, pegando-o completamente de surpresa com o cinismo de seu terceiro ato.

January 20, 2007
Cinema em Cena

May 7, 2007

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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