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There Was a Crooked Man

1970, Western, 2h 6m

11 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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After a botched heist, Wild West bandit Paris Pitman Jr. (Kirk Douglas) hides his newly stolen money where no one will find it, then loses his entire gang in a blaze of bullets before being captured by the law and given a lengthy sentence in a desert jail. Paris believes that he can buy his way out of his predicament by offering some cash to the guards, but the upstanding Sheriff Lopeman (Henry Fonda) makes sure his men remain honest. Running out of options, Paris begins plotting a jailbreak.

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  • Jun 06, 2022
    There seems to a sizable chunk of missing material (evidenced by Lee Grant's blink and you'll miss it cameo) but it still has minor charms and some very amusing performances.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Found it to be boring & NOT funny at all
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  • Jan 11, 2009
    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.
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