Lawman (1971)




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This Michael Winner western stars Burt Lancaster as a marshal who vows justice against a band of killers led by Lee J. Cobb, and who is determined to uphold the law no matter what the cost.
R (for violent content)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Burt Lancaster
as Jared Maddox
Robert Ryan
as Cotton
Lee J. Cobb
as Vincent
John Beck
as Jason
Albert Salmi
as Harvey
J.D. Cannon
as Price
Richard Jordan
as Crowe Wheelwright
Ralph Waite
as Jack Dekker
William Watson
as Choctaw Lee
Charles Tyner
as Minister
Robert Emhardt
as Hersham
Richard Bull
as Dusaine
Lou Frizzell
as Cobden
Walter Brooke
as Luther Harris
Bill Brimley
as Marc Corman
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Critic Reviews for Lawman

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

... wannabe thoughtful Western.

Full Review… | August 7, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Slow but sure oater with stoic Lancaster.

December 27, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

If you're a fan of westerns or you simply enjoy your action movies presented with some deeper concepts than "kill 'em all," this forgotten little flick is worth a look.

October 22, 2001
Apollo Guide

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August 8, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Lawman


Burt Lancaster is a sheriff tasked with finding the group of cowboys who accidentally murder an old man during a one drunken night's revelry. Lee J. Cobb is the leader of said group. The tension is gained when the group refuse to go quietly to trial. Or: the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law, which way are you gonna go? Lancaster play the letter quite well, "just the facts, m'am" but with an open style, allowing the tension that the other actors project (and so the audience) to come to him and this favors the whole effort. Sheree North is the woman he left behind and she's good as an honest portrayal of a Western woman. For a Western, and asking "what is morality?" this one's no typical cartoon oater and definitely worth a look.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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131220: Big western stars of old. Good story. For some reason I thought I could predict the ending. I couldn't.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

This is a good, but very violent western that tries very hard to make "lawmen" in the "old west" into killers. The writers and producers seemed to have an ax to grind to make "lawmen" into the bad guys. In this movie, Lancaster is the good guy and rather than face trial the bad guys try to kill him and they are farmers and he is a life long Sheriff and he guns them all down. Lancaster is okay in his role, but he's no John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

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Mark Delledonne

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