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Critic Reviews for Lawman
Slow but sure oater with stoic Lancaster.
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.
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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.
131220: Big western stars of old. Good story. For some reason I thought I could predict the ending. I couldn't.
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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