The Kentuckian (1955)





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In this western, the recently widowed Burt Lancaster heads towards Texas with his son Donald McDonald. Most of the folks he meets are pretty good souls, despite the raging family feud that motivates the plotline.
Classics , Drama , Western
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United Artists

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Burt Lancaster
as Elias Wakefield
John McIntire
as Zack Wakefield
Diana Lynn
as Susie
Walter Matthau
as Stan Bodine
Dianne Foster
as Hannah
Una Merkel
as Sophie
John Carradine
as Fletcher
Donald MacDonald
as Little Eli
John Litel
as Babson
Rhys Williams
as Constable
Clem Bevans
as Pilot
Edward Norris
as Gambler
Lisa Ferraday
as Gambler
Douglas Spencer
as Fromes Brother
Paul Wexler
as Fromes Brother
Whip Wilson
as Frontiersman
Donald MacDonald
as Little Eli
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Critic Reviews for The Kentuckian

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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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Audience Reviews for The Kentuckian

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
Brody Manson

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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
Barry Lappin

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Very nicely produced, but was not impressed with the attention to the period detail. Well acted, fine story. It's cetainly worth a look, but it's just not very memorable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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