Lawman (1971)

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    • Lawman (1971)




      Plot Summary
      While passing through the town of Bannock, a bunch of drunken,
      trail-weary cattlemen go overboard with their celebrating and accidentally kill
      an old man with a stray shot.
      They return home to Sabbath unaware of his death.
      Bannock lawman Jered Maddox later arrives there to arrest everyone
      involved on a charge of murder.
      Sabbath is run by land baron Vince Bronson, a benevolent despot,
      who, upon hearing of the death, offers restitution for the incident.
      Maddox, however, will not compromise even though small ranchers
      like Vern Adams are not in a position to desert their responsibilities
      for a long and protracted trial.
      Sabbath's marshal, Cotton Ryan, is an aging lawman whose tough reputation rests
      on a single incident that occurred years before.
      Ryan admits to being only a shadow of what he once was and
      incapable of stopping Maddox.
      Maddox confides to Ryan that Bannock's judicial system is weak and corrupt,
      and while he's doubtful that anyone he brings back will suffer more than the
      ... Written by duke1029

      Burt Lancaster ... Bannock Marshal Jared Maddox
      Robert Ryan ... Sabbath Marshal Cotton Ryan Cotten
      Lee J. Cobb ... Vincent Bronson
      Robert Duvall ... Vernon Adams
      Sheree North ... Laura Shelby
      Albert Salmi ... Harvey Stenbaugh
      Richard Jordan ... Crowe Wheelwright
      John McGiver ... Sabbath Mayor Sam Bolden
      Ralph Waite ... Jack Dekker
      John Beck ... Jason Bronson
      William Watson ... Choctaw Lee (as William C. Watson)
      Walter Brooke ... Luther Harris
      Robert Emhardt ... Hersham
      Charles Tyner ... Minister
      J.D. Cannon ... Hurd Price
      Lou Frizzell ... Cobden
      Richard Bull ... Dusaine
      John Hillerman ... Totts
      Roy Engel ... Bartender
      Jan Burrell Jan Burrell
      Madeleine Taylor Holmes
      Hugh McDermott ... L.G. Moss
      Joyce Perry
      Joseph Wiseman ... Lucas

      Writing Credits
      Gerald Wilson

      Jerry Fielding

      Robert Paynter

      One of the characters uses the word "gunsel", a word generally acknowledged
      to have been coined by Dashiell Hammett in 1929.

      During the opening scene when Bronson's rowdies tear up the town of Bannock,
      in two views of the local hotel, the town's name is spelled Bannock.
      Later, when Sheriff Maddox checks into the hotel in Sabbath,
      he signs in as a resident of Bannach.

      When Vernon Adams (Robert Duvall) first aims down on Maddox (Burt Lancaster)
      with his rifle from above, Maddox is riding away from him up a long draw.
      Immediately afterward, Maddox is still traveling up the draw
      and looks up and sees Vernon in front of him and above him aiming down at him.
      The positions switched 180 degrees.

      Crew or equipment visible
      When Maddox (Burt Lancaster) shoots the horse out from under
      Vernon Adams (Robert Duvall), the man who is thrown from the falling horse
      has a full head of hair, and is clearly a stunt double.
      Robert Duvall was totally bald on top in this movie.
      The stuntman even tries to hide the fact by placing his hand right
      on top of his head as he comes up, but the full head of hair is still visible

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Durango, Mexico
      Sierra de Organos, Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico (location)
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan,
      Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall.

      The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer,
      Marshal Jared Maddox (played by Lancaster), to bring several men to justice.
      It was written by Gerry Wilson and directed by Michael Winner.

      Its hero and the motives of the other characters are not as defined
      or clear-cut as in some Westerns.
      Cobb's character, Vincent Bronson, is not a typically evil cattle baron
      but is portrayed with a sense of humanity.
      The marshal and the guilty men nevertheless come to a series of deadly confrontations.
      Maddox can be seen as an anti-hero dedicated to upholding the law
      regardless of any extraneous code of honor, or personal feelings.
      The plot generates questions regarding honor and under
      what circumstances murder becomes legal.

      User Review

      When You Uphold the Law
      19 December 2005 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      bko wrote:

      Towards the end of Lawman, Burt Lancaster says that the towns

      are getting fewer and fewer who need his kind of services.
      I guess that's a comment on civilization's leavening influence.

      You're a town marshal in the old west.
      You're doing the job alone, maybe you have a deputy or two.
      Burt says you got to stick to the rules, but as we see in Lawman he wings it quite a bit.

      Lee J. Cobb and some of his employees and retainers from his town of Sabbath
      shoot up Burt Lancaster's town of Bannock and one of Bannock's citizens is killed.
      Lancaster trails them to Sabbath and arrives with one of them slung over a pack horse.
      He gives the names to Sabbath's Sheriff Robert Ryan and the story begins.

      Lancaster finds that the men he's trailing are all kinds, some professional gunmen,
      some family men caught up in the moment.
      Makes no matter to him, he's bringing them in.
      One of them is the common law husband of a former girl friend,
      Sheree North, who's settled in Sabbath.

      Lawman is a pretty grim western tale.
      It's kind of a cross between Edward Dmytryk's Warlock
      and Clint Eastwood's The Unforgiven.
      Themes from both of those films can be found here.

      Lancaster gets good support from the cast.
      I particularly liked J.D. Cannon as Sheree North's husband and Richard Jordan
      as the young cowhand from Lee J. Cobb's spread.

      I think more than western fans will appreciate this film.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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